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The Opt-In Revolution? Contraception and the Gender Gap in Wages

Martha J. Bailey, Brad Hershbein, Amalia R. Miller

NBER Working Paper No. 17922
Issued in March 2012

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This research was supported by a core grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan (R24 HD041028), which provided generous financial support for work in the University of Michigan Research Data Center (RDC). During work on this project, Hershbein was supported by the NICHD (T32 HD0007339) as a University of Michigan Population Studies Center (PSC) Trainee and by the PSC Marshall Weinberg Research Fellowship. The research in this paper was conducted while the authors were Special Sworn Status researchers of the U.S. Census Bureau at the Michigan Census RDC. Research results and conclusions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Census Bureau. This paper has been screened to ensure that no confidential data are revealed. We are grateful to Jim Davis, Maggie Levenstein, Stan Sedo, and Clint Carter for extensive support with the preparation and revision of the restricted data proposal and disclosure process and to John Bound, Charlie Brown, John DiNardo, Claudia Goldin, David Lam, Thomas Lemieux, Bob Margo, Paul Rhode, Jeff Smith, Gary Solon, and Sarah Turner for helpful comments and suggestions. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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