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Why Wait?: The Effect of Marriage and Childbearing on the Wages of Men and Women

Why Wait?: The Effect of Marriage and Childbearing on the Wages of Men and Women Abstract: We use data from the earlier and later cohorts of the NLSY to estimate the effect of marriage and childbearing on wages. Our estimates imply that marriage lowers female wages 2-4 percent in the year of marriage. Marriage also lowers the wage growth of men and women by about two and four percentage points, respectively. A first birth lowers female wages 2-3 percent, but has no effect on wage growth. Male wages are unaffected by childbearing. These findings suggest that early marriage and childbearing can lead to substantial decreases in lifetime earnings. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Human Resources University of Wisconsin Press

Why Wait?: The Effect of Marriage and Childbearing on the Wages of Men and Women

Journal of Human Resources , Volume 44 (2) – Apr 4, 2009

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Abstract: We use data from the earlier and later cohorts of the NLSY to estimate the effect of marriage and childbearing on wages. Our estimates imply that marriage lowers female wages 2-4 percent in the year of marriage. Marriage also lowers the wage growth of men and women by about two and four percentage points, respectively. A first birth lowers female wages 2-3 percent, but has no effect on wage growth. Male wages are unaffected by childbearing. These findings suggest that early marriage and childbearing can lead to substantial decreases in lifetime earnings.

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Journal of Human ResourcesUniversity of Wisconsin Press

Published: Apr 4, 2009

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