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Child Penalties across Countries: Evidence and Explanations

Author(s): Kleven, Henrik J.; Landais, Camille; Posch, Johanna; Steinhauer, Andreas; Zweimuller, Josef

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Abstract: This paper provides evidence on child penalties in female and male earnings in different countries. The estimates are based on event studies around the birth of the first child, using the specification proposed by Kleven et al. (2018). The analysis reveals some striking similarities in the qualitative effects of children across countries, but also sharp differences in the magnitude of the effects. We discuss the potential role of family policies (parental leave and childcare provision) and gender norms in explaining the observed differences.
Publication Date: May-2019
Citation: Kleven, Henrik, Landais, Camille, Posch, Johanna, Steinhauer, Andreas, Zweimuller, Josef. (2019). Child Penalties across Countries: Evidence and Explanations. AEA PAPERS AND PROCEEDINGS, 109 (122 - 126. doi:10.1257/pandp.20191078
DOI: doi:10.1257/pandp.20191078
ISSN: 2574-0768
EISSN: 2574-0776
Pages: 122 - 126
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: AEA PAPERS AND PROCEEDINGS
Version: Final published version. Article is made available in OAR by the publisher's permission or policy.

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