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Lundborg, Petter, Plug, Erik, and Rasmussen, Astrid Würtz. Replication data for: Can Women Have Children and a Career? IV Evidence from IVF Treatments. Nashville, TN: American Economic Association [publisher], 2017. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2019-10-12.

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Summary:  View help for Summary This 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: (i) negative, large, and long-lasting; (ii) driven by fertility effects on hourly earnings and not so much on labor supply; and (iii) much stronger at the extensive margin than at the intensive margin.

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      D82 Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
      J13 Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
      J16 Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
      J22 Time Allocation and Labor Supply
      J31 Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
      J32 Nonwage Labor Costs and Benefits; Retirement Plans; Private Pensions

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