Female Employment and Timing of Births Decisions: A Multiple State Transition Model

H.G. Bloemen, A.S. Kalwij

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In this paper we estimate a multiple state transition model, describing transitions into maternity and labor market transitions for women.Each state is characterized by two components: the labor market state and the maternity state. This enables us to investigate to disentangle the effects of socio-economic variables on the timing of births and on labor market transitions.We find that the transition intensities into maternity are significantly higher for non-employed women than for employed women, and transition intensities into employment are significantly higher for women with no children than for women with children.Lower educated non-employed women have a higher transition probability into maternity and lower transition probability into employment than higher educated non-employed women.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 1996

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  • female workers
  • models
  • pregnancy


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