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Type Journal Article
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Title Parenthood and productivity of highly skilled labor: Evidence from the groves of academe
Organization Unit
  • Matthias Krapf
  • Heinrich W Ursprung
  • Christian Zimmermann
Item Subtype Original Work
Refereed Yes
Status Published in final form
  • English
Journal Title Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization
Publisher Elsevier
Geographical Reach international
ISSN 0167-2681
Volume 140
Page Range 147 - 175
Date 2017
Abstract Text 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.
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Digital Object Identifier 10.1016/j.jebo.2017.05.010
Other Identification Number merlin-id:18021
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