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How female labor supply is influenced by working neighbors and retired grandmothers

Over the last century, female labor participation has increased in almost all developed countries. The availability of child care and increased contraceptive access along with other institutional, cultural and policy changes have made it easier for women to reconcile family … Continue reading

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Pocket money and part-time job: Do parents tax their children?

Young adults who are still living with their parents and still in compulsory education finance their independent consumption using either parental transfers (pocket money), or by working part-time. Parents care about their own and their children’s consumption, but also about … Continue reading

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Socio-economic background shapes children’s personality

In many countries, people find it hard to climb up the economic ladder. According to a recent IZA paper, one of the reasons for social immobility is that parents’ education and income are important predictors of children’s personality traits. Wealthy … Continue reading

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Early-life medical interventions benefit siblings of treated children

When newborns with a too low birth weight are treated,  even their non-affected siblings benefit. This is the conclusion of a recent IZA Discussion Paper authored by N. Meltem Daysal, Sanni Breining, Marianne Simonsen, and Mircea Trandafir, using data from … Continue reading

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The last will: Unequal division between children is more common than you think

There are many reasons why parents may consider distributing their inheritance unevenly among their children. One of them might have a much higher income, or a larger family. Or perhaps the daughter took care of the ill parents while the … Continue reading

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When parents divorce, children’s personality development suffers

Disruptions in family structure are suspected to impede the development of children’s personality, with far-reaching consequences for school performance and labor market success. An IZA paper by Tyas Prevoo and Bas ter Weel adds to the empirical evidence by investigating … Continue reading

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The stress cost of children: Time matters more than money

Stress can be viewed as reflecting the limits on time and money that life imposes. Numerous studies have measured the money cost of having a child (close to $250,000 per child according to recent U.S. estimates), and some others have … Continue reading

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