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

FBK-IRVAPP is pleased to invite you to the following seminar: Changing Fertility and Heterogeneous Motherhood Effects: Revisiting the Effects of a Parental Benefits Reform .


With the participation of Bernd Fitzenberger (IAB)


The seminar is held in English.


This paper presents an estimation strategy for the child penalty — the effect of first time motherhood. We further investigate how the 2007 reform in parental benefits in Germany changed the child penalty, how it affects the selection of women into motherhood and how much of the reform effects on labor market outcomes is explained by changes in the composition of mothers. 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 child penalties and to evaluate the 2007 reform. The reform has positive medium-run 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 on the child penalty.



  • Bernd Fitzenberger - Guest Speaker
    IAB – Institute for Employment Research
    Bernd Fitzenberger has been the director of the IAB since September 2019, and Professor of Quantitative Labor Economics at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg since October 2020. His main research areas are equality of income and salaries, employment trends, evaluation of measures in the field of labor market and education policy, vocational training and the transition from school to the labor market, employment of mothers, trade unions (binding collective agreements, degree of organisation, salary structures and employment), evaluation methods and methods of quantile regression.


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Registration closed on 25/03/2024.

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