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The gender reveal: the effect of sons on young fathers’ criminal behavior and labor market activities

Dasgupta, Kabir, Diegmann, André, Kirchmaier, Tom ORCID: 0000-0002-8938-2206 and Plum, Alexander (2022) The gender reveal: the effect of sons on young fathers’ criminal behavior and labor market activities. Labour Economics, 78. ISSN 0927-5371

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.labeco.2022.102224

Abstract

Based on New Zealand's administrative court charges data, we document child gender-specific differences in future criminal behavior of young fathers. The deterrent impact of having a son on the future likelihood of receiving convictions persists for as long as ten years post-childbirth. Utilizing population-wide monthly tax registers and Census data, we provide key insights into the role model hypothesis. We show that young fathers with a son have (i) a higher likelihood of being in employment, (ii) higher wages & salaries, (iii) lower benefit dependency, (iv) better qualification, and (v) a higher likelihood of being in a partnered relationship.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/labour-econo...
Additional Information: © 2022 The Authors
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
JEL classification: K - Law and Economics > K4 - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior > K42 - Illegal Behavior and the Enforcement of Law
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics > J16 - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics > J13 - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J3 - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs > J31 - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials by Skill, Training, Occupation, etc.
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J6 - Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies > J64 - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2022 16:30
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2022 08:12
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/115926

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