Double Trouble: The Burden of Child Rearing and Working on Maternal Mortality

33 Pages Posted: 14 Nov 2019

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Tabea Bucher-Koenen

ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research; Max Planck Society for the Advancement of the Sciences - Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA)

Helmut Farbmacher

Max Planck Society for the Advancement of the Sciences - Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA)

Raphael Guber

Max Planck Society for the Advancement of the Sciences - Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA)

Johan Vikström

Uppsala University; IFAU - Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation

Date Written: November 7, 2019

Abstract

English Abstract: We document increased old-age mortality rates among Swedish twin mothers compared to non-twin mothers. Results are based on administrative data on mortality for the years 1990 to 2010. We argue that twins are an unplanned shock to fertility in the cohorts of older women considered. Deaths due to lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and heart attacks, which are associated with stress during life, are significantly increased. Stratifying the sample by education and pension income shows the highest increase in mortality rates among highly educated mothers and those with above-median pension income. These results are consistent with the existence of a double burden from child rearing and working on mothers’ health.

German Abstract: Wir beobachten eine angestiegene Sterblichkeitsrate für Mütter von Zwillingen im Vergleich zu Müttern ohne Zwillinge. Hierfür haben wir administrative Daten in Schweden von 1990 bis 2010 ausgewertet. Zwillingsgeburten führen zu einem unerwarteten Anstieg der Kinderzahl. Unsere Ergebnisse zeigen, dass stressbedingte Krankheiten signifikant häufiger als Todesursachen bei den Müttern von Zwillingen angegeben wurden. Stratifziert nach Bildung und Renteneinkommen sind die größten Unterschiede bei Müttern mit hohem Bildungsstand und hohem Renteneinkommen zu beobachten. Diese Ergebnisse deuten auf eine Doppelbelastung durch Kindererziehung und Arbeit für die mütterliche Gesundheit hin.

Keywords: mortality, maternal health, fertility, twins

JEL Classification: I1, J13, J2

Suggested Citation

Bucher-Koenen, Tabea and Farbmacher, Helmut and Guber, Raphael and Vikström, Johan, Double Trouble: The Burden of Child Rearing and Working on Maternal Mortality (November 7, 2019). MEA Discussion Paper No. 03-2019. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3486327 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3486327

Tabea Bucher-Koenen

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Helmut Farbmacher (Contact Author)

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Raphael Guber

Max Planck Society for the Advancement of the Sciences - Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA) ( email )

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Munich, 80799
Germany

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Johan Vikström

Uppsala University ( email )

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Uppsala, 751 20
Sweden

IFAU - Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation

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