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Johanna Posch

European University Institute
Department of Economics
Via delle Fontanelle 18
San Domenico di Fiesole 50014
Italy

E-Mail: johanna.posch@eui.eu
Institutional Affiliation: European University Institute

NBER Working Papers and Publications

February 2019Wage Equalization and Regional Misallocation: Evidence from Italian and German Provinces
with Tito Boeri, Andrea Ichino, Enrico Moretti: w25612
Italy and Germany have similar geographical differences in productivity – North more productive than South in Italy; West more productive than East in Germany – but have adopted different models of wage bargaining. Italy sets wages based on nationwide contracts that allow for limited local wage adjustments, while Germany has moved toward a more flexible system that allows for local bargaining. The Italian system has significant costs in terms of forgone aggregate earnings and employment because it generates a spatial equilibrium where workers queue for jobs in the South and remain unemployed while waiting. Our findings are relevant for other European countries.
Child Penalties Across Countries: Evidence and Explanations
with Henrik Kleven, Camille Landais, Andreas Steinhauer, Josef Zweimüller: w25524
This paper provides evidence on child penalties in female and male earnings in different countries. The estimates are based on event studies around the birth of the first child, using the specification proposed by Kleven et al. (2018). The analysis reveals some striking similarities in the qualitative effects of children across countries, but also sharp differences in the magnitude of the effects. We discuss the potential role of family policies (parental leave and child care provision) and gender norms in explaining the observed differences.

Published: Henrik Kleven & Camille Landais & Johanna Posch & Andreas Steinhauer & Josef Zweimüller, 2019. "Child Penalties across Countries: Evidence and Explanations," AEA Papers and Proceedings, vol 109, pages 122-126. citation courtesy of

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