Booms, busts, and fertility: Testing the becker model using gender-specific labor demand

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Abstract

In this paper, I present estimates of the effect of local labor demand shocks on birth rates. To identify exogenous variation in male and female labor demand, I create indices that exploit cross- sectional variation in industry composition, changes in gender-education composition within industries, and growth in national industry employment. Consistent with economic theory, I find that improvements in men's labor market conditions are associated with increases in fertility while improvements in women's labor market conditions have smaller negative effects. I separately find that increases in unemployment rates are associated with small decreases in birth rates at the state level.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-29
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of Human Resources
Volume51
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Strategy and Management

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