, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 199–208 | Cite as

Labor supply behavior of prospective and new mothers

  • David Shapiro
  • Frank L. Mott


Utilizing unique data generated from the National Longitudinal Surveys of Young Women, this paper examines the labor force participation of young mothers in the months immediately preceding and following the birth of the first child. Labor supply behavior at this point in the life cycle is described in greater detail than has hitherto been available. In addition, we analyze the independent effect of several factors of interest on the probability that a young woman will be in the labor force during various intervals surrounding the first birth.


Labor Force Labor Force Participation Shadow Price Labor Force Participation Rate National Longitudinal Survey 
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© Population Association of America 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Shapiro
    • 1
  • Frank L. Mott
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Economics and Center for Human Resource ResearchThe Ohio State UniversityColumbus
  2. 2.Center for Human Resaurce ResearchThe Ohio State UniversityColumbus

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