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Webex-Link Research Seminar DICE


Bernd Fitzenberger (IAB & FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg)

will give a talk on               

"Changing Fertility and Heterogeneous Motherhood Effects: Revisiting the Effects of a Parental Benefits Reform "

Abstract: This paper studies the causal effect of first time motherhood and how that effect changes by the 2007 reform in parental benefits in Germany. We further investigate how the reform affects the selection of women into motherhood and how that selection effect affects labor market outcomes. A large novel data set linking data from the pension insurance with administrative labor market data provides information on all births. We apply a dynamic treatment effect approach which differs from other strategies used in the literature to estimate the causal effect of motherhood and to evaluate the 2007 reform. The reform has positive mediumrun effects on earnings and employment. There are no effects on second-order fertility and on full-time employment. While the reform slightly changes the selection of mothers, this has little impact on the reform effect for the causal effect of motherhood.

You can find Bernd’s website here: https://iab.de/mitarbeiter/?id=26984670

He will be available for few individual meetings on the day of the seminar. Henning and Simon will coordinate the schedule. Please write them an email () if you want to reserve a slot.

Due to the unusual slot of the research seminar, we will stream the seminar:


Meeting-Kennnummer: 2732 955 4543

Passwort: d93H2AsUUM2

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05.04.2023, 11:00 Uhr - 12:00 Uhr
Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE) Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
Ort: Oeconomicum (building 24.31), room S3/4