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Department of Economics, Uppsala University Working Paper Series, Uppsala Center for Labor Studies, Department of Economics, Uppsala University

No 2013:3:
Is the persistent gender gap in income and wages due to unequal family responsibilities?

Nikolay Angelov (), Per Johansson () and Erica Lindahl ()

Abstract: We compare the income and wage trajectories of women in rela- tion to their male partners before and after parenthood. Focusing on the within-couple gap allows us to control for both observed and unobserved attributes of the spouse and to estimate both short- and long-term eects of entering parenthood. Our main nding is that 15 years after the rst child was born, the male-female gender gaps in income and wages have increased with 35 and 10 percentage points, respectively. In line with a collective labor supply model, the mag- nitude of these eects depends on relative incomes or wages within the family.

Keywords: Gender gap; Quantile regression; Income; Wages; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: C21; D13; J21; (follow links to similar papers)

39 pages, February 14, 2013

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