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Thursday, February 28, 2013

An Integrated Model of Occupation Choice, Spouse Choice, and Family Labor Supply

Stephanie Hurder, Ph.D. Candidate in Business Economics, Harvard University

Recent academic work has documented that the career cost of family for women in highly-educated, inflexible professions varies with the education level and earnings of their spouses. Hurder builds a game-theoretic model to investigate the tradeoffs that high-earning women make among family, career, and equal-earning spouse. She shows that, when time required for childcare is nontrivial, high-earning women must compromise on one of these dimensions. Long-hours, inflexible professions will have fewer "power couples" with children, and a higher fraction of women with career and family in these professions will have spouses with lower-earning, flexible jobs. As women's potential earnings approach those of men, the payoffs to being a "secondary earner" husband increases.

Lunch will be provided. An RSVP is not required as this is an open event.

  • Location:
    WAPPP Cason Seminar Room, Taubman Building, Room 102
  • Date:
    Thursday, February 28, 2013
  • Time:
    11:40 AM

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