The Effect of Job Displacement on Couples’ Fertility Decisions
Huttunen, K., & Kellokumpu, J. (2016). The Effect of Job Displacement on Couples’ Fertility Decisions. Journal of Labor Economics, 34 (2), 403-442. doi:10.1086/683645
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This paper analyzes the effects of job displacement on fertility using Finnish longitudinal register data. We focus on couples where one spouse has lost a job due to a plant closure and follow them for several years before and following the job loss. The results show that female job loss decreases fertility. For every 100 displaced females, there are three fewer children born. Male job loss has no impact on fertility despite resulting in a stronger decrease in family income than female job loss. This indicates that the income effect is not the mechanism through which job displacement influences fertility.
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