Fertility as a Driver of Maternal Employment
58 Pages Posted: 28 Jul 2020
Date Written: July 2020
Based on ﬁndings from high-income countries, typically economists hypothesize that having more children unambiguously decreases the time mothers spend in the labor market. Few studies on lower-income countries, in which low household wealth, informal child care, and informal employment opportunities prevail, ﬁnd mixed results. Using Mexican census data, I ﬁnd a positive effect of an instrument-induced increase in fertility on maternal employment driven by an increase in informal work. The presence of grandparents and low wealth appear to be important. Econometric approaches that allow extrapolating from this complier-speciﬁc effect indicate that the response in informal employment is non-negative for the entire sample.
Keywords: Fertility, Female Labor Supply, Middle-Income Countries, Informality
JEL Classification: J13,J16,J22,J46
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