The Gender Reveal: The Effect of Sons on Young Fathers’ Criminal Behavior and Labor Market Activities

Kabir Dasgupta, André Diegmann, Tom Kirchmaier, Alexander Plum*

*Corresponding author af dette arbejde

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Abstrakt

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.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
Artikelnummer102224
TidsskriftLabour Economics
Vol/bind78
Antal sider12
ISSN0927-5371
DOI
StatusUdgivet - okt. 2022

Emneord

  • Criminal behavior
  • Labor market performance
  • Young fatherhood
  • Child gender preference

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