I Went To Law School For This? The Motherhood Penalty In Young Female Attorneys' Salaries

dc.contributor.authorShanks, Meganen_US
dc.contributor.chairLichter, Daniel T.en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberMettler, Suzanne Bridgeten_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberDunifon, Rachel E.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis study presents two estimates of a motherhood penalty for young female attorneys. In the first phase, I utilize three different models in a regression analysis to examine which theoretical mechanisms might explain the presence of a motherhood penalty. In the second phase of this study, I employ a two-stage counterfactual approach utilizing a doubly robust weighted regression. I control for likelihood of selection into treatment with variables representing the most common theoretical mechanisms leading to the motherhood wage penalty, then utilize that selection likelihood to weight a second regression. I find that while there is a small motherhood penalty in the first phase multiple regression, there does not appear to be a motherhood penalty when only female attorneys are examined in the second phase weighted regression. I discuss implications of these findings and directions for future research.en_US
dc.identifier.otherbibid: 7959840
dc.subjectmotherhood penaltyen_US
dc.subjectfatherhood bonusen_US
dc.titleI Went To Law School For This? The Motherhood Penalty In Young Female Attorneys' Salariesen_US
dc.typedissertation or thesisen_US Analysis and Management Universityen_US of Science, Policy Analysis and Management


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