Jakob Egholt Søgaard
University of Copenhagen
Øster Farimagsgade 5
DK-1353 Copenhagen K
Institutional Affiliation: University of Copenhagen
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NBER Working Papers and Publications
|May 2020||Does Biology Drive Child Penalties? Evidence from Biological and Adoptive Families|
with Henrik Kleven, Camille Landais: w27130
This paper investigates if the impact of children on the labor market trajectories of women relative to men — child penalties — can be explained by the biological links between mother and child. We estimate child penalties in biological and adoptive families using event studies around the arrival of children and almost forty years of adoption data from Denmark. Long-run child penalties in earnings and its underlying determinants are virtually identical in biological and adoptive families. This implies that biology is not important for child-related gender gaps. Based on additional analyses, we argue that our results speak against the importance of specialization based on comparative advantage more broadly.
|January 2018||Children and Gender Inequality: Evidence from Denmark|
with Henrik Kleven, Camille Landais: w24219
Despite considerable gender convergence over time, substantial gender inequality persists in all countries. Using Danish administrative data from 1980-2013 and an event study approach, we show that most of the remaining gender inequality in earnings is due to children. The arrival of children creates a gender gap in earnings of around 20% in the long run, driven in roughly equal proportions by labor force participation, hours of work, and wage rates. Underlying these “child penalties”, we find clear dynamic impacts on occupation, promotion to manager, sector, and the family friendliness of the firm for women relative to men. Based on a dynamic decomposition framework, we show that the fraction of gender inequality caused by child penalties has increased dramatically over time, from about 4...
Published: Henrik Kleven & Camille Landais & Jakob Egholt Søgaard, 2019. "Children and Gender Inequality: Evidence from Denmark," American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, vol 11(4), pages 181-209. citation courtesy of