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Parenthood and Productivity of Highly Skilled Labor: Evidence From the Groves of Academe

Krapf, Matthias and Ursprung, Heinrich W. and Zimmermann, Christian. (2017) Parenthood and Productivity of Highly Skilled Labor: Evidence From the Groves of Academe. Journal of economic behavior & organization, 140. pp. 147-175.

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Abstract

We examine the effect of parenthood on the research productivity of academic economists. Combining the survey responses of nearly 10,000 economists with their publication records as documented in their RePEc accounts, we do not find that motherhood is associated with low research productivity. Nor do we find a statistically significant unconditional effect of a first child on research productivity. Conditional difference-in-differences estimates, however, suggest that the effect of parenthood on research productivity is negative for unmarried women and positive for untenured men. Moreover, becoming a mother before 30 years of age appears to have a detrimental effect on research productivity.
Faculties and Departments:06 Faculty of Business and Economics > Departement Wirtschaftswissenschaften > Professuren Wirtschaftswissenschaften > Angewandte ├ľkonometrie (Schmidheiny)
UniBasel Contributors:Krapf, Matthias
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0167-2681
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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