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Why do women wait? Matching, wage inequality and incentives for fertility delay

Caucutt, E.M., Guner, N. and Knowles, J. (2002) Why do women wait? Matching, wage inequality and incentives for fertility delay Review of Economic Dynamics, 5, (4), pp. 815-855. (doi:10.1006/redy.2002.0190).

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This paper explores the interaction between wage inequality and the marriage and fertility decisions of young women. We develop an equilibrium search model of marriage, divorce, and investment in children that allows for differential timing of fertility. We show how patterns of fertility timing in U.S. data can be explained by the incentives for fertility delay implied by marriage and labor markets. We find that these incentives help explain both the cross-sectional relationship between women's wages and fertility timing and the changes over the past 40 years in married women's fertility timing and labor supply.

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Published date: 2002
Keywords: marriage, fertility, returns to experience


Local EPrints ID: 55062
ISSN: 1094-2025
PURE UUID: 27872edb-3cea-4cfb-ac1b-3db9ecc0759d

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Date deposited: 31 Jul 2008
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 14:34

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Author: E.M. Caucutt
Author: N. Guner
Author: J. Knowles

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