The timing of maternity in the Netherlands

Wim Groot*, Hettie A. Pott-Buter

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In this paper the timing of maternity is estimated by a hazard model. The novel aspect of this paper is that it is shown that wages and total household labor income have a significant effect on the timing of maternity. Both the wage rate of the woman and the wage rate of the husband have a negative effect on the timing of maternity. Total household labor income increases the probability of having a child at an earlier age. Calculated elasticities show that the timing of maternity is relatively elastic with respect to wage rates. However, the elasticities of the decision whether or not to have children altogether are much smaller. Women working in the labor market delay the timing of maternity compared to non-participating women. Attending school has the same effect. Until the age of 28 the maternity hazard increases with age, after that it decreases.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-172
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Population Economics
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1992
Externally publishedYes

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