Employment, family union and childbearing decisions in Great Britain

Arnstein Aassve, Simon Burgess, Carol Propper, Matt Dickson

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The paper investigates the life-cycle relationship of work and family life in Britain based on the British Household Panel Survey. Using hazard regression techniques we estimate a five-equation model, which includes birth events, union formation, union dissolution, employment and non-employment events. We find that transitions in and out of employment for men are relatively independent of other transitions. In contrast, there are strong links between employment of females, having children and union formation. By undertaking a detailed microsimulations analysis, we show that different levels of labour force participation by females do not necessarily lead to large changes in fertility events. Changes in union formation and fertility events, in contrast, have larger effects on employment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)781-804
JournalJournal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society)
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2006


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