NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Work Environment and “Opt-Out" Rates at Motherhood Across High-Education Career Paths

Jane Leber Herr, Catherine Wolfram

NBER Working Paper No. 14717
Issued in February 2009

---- Acknowledgements -----

We would like to thank Marianne Bertrand, Dan Black, David Card, Constança Esteves-Sorenson, Claudia Goldin, Jason Grissom, Robert LaLonde, Ioana Marinescu, Annalisa Mastri, Emily Oster, Rebecca Ryan, Lucie Schmidt, Jesse Shapiro, and seminar participants at the University of Chicago, U.C. Berkeley, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Michigan for their comments and suggestions. We would also like to thank Joshua Langenthal, Marci Glazer, Charles Jones, and Zachary Leber for the use of their Harvard anniversary reports, Jessica Chen, Margaret Gough, Cathy Hwang, Omar Jabri, Tatyana Shmygol and Jenny Zhuo for providing excellent research assistance, and Peter Jacobs for providing our estimated salaries. The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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