Congratulations to fellow Erik Plug whose article ‘Can Women Have Children and a Career? IV Evidence from IVF Treatments’ is forthcoming in the American Economic Review.

The paper introduces a new IV strategy based on IVF (in vitro fertilization) induced fertility variation among childless women to estimate the causal effect of having children on their career. For this purpose, we use administrative data on IVF treated women in Denmark. Because observed chances of IVF success do not depend on labor market histories, IVF treatment success provides a plausible instrument for childbearing. Our IV estimates indicate that fertility effects on earnings are: (a) negative, large and long lasting; (b) driven by fertility effects on hourly earnings and not so much on labor supply; and (c) much stronger at the extensive margin than at the intensive margin. Please click here to read the article.

Plug E.J.S.

Erik Plug is a full professor at the department of Economics, University of Amsterdam and member  of the TI research group Labor, Health, Education and Development (LHED).

Article Citation: Petter Lundborg, Erik Plug and Astrid Würtz Rasmussen, Can Women Have Children and a Career? IV Evidence from IVF Treatments, American Economic Review (forthcoming).