MPIDR Working Paper

Geschlechtsspezifische Arbeitsmarktsegregation und Geburtenverhalten: neue Befunde auf Basis der „Biografiedaten ausgewählter Sozialversicherungsträger in Deutschland“ (BASiD)

Kreyenfeld, M. R., Vatterrott, A.

[Sex segregation of the labor market and fertility: new evidence based on German register data]

MPIDR Working Paper WP-2013-009, 35 pages (June 2013).
Rostock, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research

Keywords: Germany, fertility


This paper uses recently available data from linked pension and employment registers for Germany, which contain complete fertility histories of women as well as longitudinal information of firm-specific characteristics where these women have been employed. It is examined how occupational sex segregation of the labor market (measured by the share of female employees in a firm) is related to first, second and third birth risks. In line with previous research, we find a strong sex segregation of the German labor market. We also find strong support for a close relationship of occupational sex segregation and fertility behavior. Women who are employed in female-dominated firms have substantially higher first, second and third birth risks than other women.