University of Milan, Italy, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Associate Professor of Economics, University of Milan, Italy
Education economics, health economics, household economics, labor economics
Visiting researcher, Center for Labor Economics, University of California, Berkeley, 2010; Marie Curie Research Fellow, Tilburg University, 2004; Research Fellow, Università Politecnica delle Marche, 2001–2003
PhD Economics, University of Warwick, 2005
“Parental health and child schooling.” Journal of Health Economics 35 (2014): 94–108 (with M. Mendola).
“Delayed first birth and new mothers’ labor market outcomes: Evidence from biological fertility shocks.” European Journal of Population 30:1 (2014): 35–63 (with L. Cavalli).
“Local human capital externalities and wages at the firm level: The case of Italian manufacturing.” Economics of Education Review 41 (2014): 161–175 (with R. Leombruni).
“Are exporters more likely to introduce product innovations?” The World Economy 35:11 (2012): 1559–1598 (with G. Felice).
“The effect of delaying motherhood on the second childbirth in Europe.” Journal of Population Economics 25:1 (2012): 291–321 (with K. Tatsiramos).
Fertility postponement and labor market outcomes Updated
Postponed childbearing improves women’s labor market outcomes but may reduce overall fertilityMassimiliano Bratti, January 2023The rise in the average age of women bearing their first child is a well-established demographic trend in recent decades. Postponed childbearing can have important consequences for the mothers and, at a macro level, for the country in which they live. Research has primarily focused on the effect postponing fertility has on mothers’ labor market outcomes and on the total number of children a woman has in her lifetime. Most research finds that postponing the first birth raises a mother's labor force participation and wages but may have negative effects on overall fertility, especially in the absence of supportive family-friendly policies.MoreLess