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No 00-3:
Children and Career Interruptions: The Family Gap in Denmark.

Nabanita Datta Gubta () and Nina Smith ()

Abstract: The effect of children and career interruptions on the family gap is analysed based on longitudinal data covering the years 1980-1995. The estimated model controls for unobserved time-constant heterogeneity. The results show that when controlling for unobserved heterogeneity, the negative effect of children on mothers' wages disappear, but there are large differences between educational groups and the public and private sector. The main effect of children seems to be a loss of human capital accumulation during child-birth periods. Beside this, there is no indication that children have long term effects on the earnings potential of their mothers.

Keywords: Children; Career interruptions; Family gap; Unobserved heterogeneity; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: J13; (follow links to similar papers)

42 pages, April 1, 2000

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