The Role of Parenthood on the Gender Gap Among Top Earners

  title={The Role of Parenthood on the Gender Gap Among Top Earners},
  author={A. Butikofer and Sissel Jensen and K. Salvanes},
  journal={European Economics: Labor \& Social Conditions eJournal},
Is the wage penalty due to motherhood larger among highly qualified women? In this paper, we study the effect of parenthood on the careers of high-achieving women relative to high-achieving men in a set of high-earning professions with either nonlinear or linear wage structures. Using Norwegian registry data, we find that the child earnings penalty for mothers in professions with a nonlinear wage structure, MBAs and lawyers, is substantially larger than for mothers in professions with a linear… Expand
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