Magne K. Asphjell
(), Lena Hensvik
() and J. Peter Nilsson
Magne K. Asphjell: NHH
Lena Hensvik: Uppsala Center for Labor Studies, Postal: Department of Economics, Uppsala University, P.O. Box 513, SE-751 20 Uppsala, Sweden
J. Peter Nilsson: Uppsala Center for Labor Studies, Postal: Department of Economics, Uppsala University, P.O. Box 513, SE-751 20 Uppsala, Sweden
Abstract: This paper examines how fertility decisions are transmitted within the workplace. Informed by a simple real options model of timing of investments under uncertainty, we show that recent births among co-workers affect women's subsequent childbearing using populationwide matched employer-employee panel data. We further documentthat the peer effect varies with the degree of similarity between coworkers, and that social infuences seems to be a more important mechanism behind the fertility peer effect than social learning in our context.
55 pages, January 29, 2013
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