This paper examines the effect of differences in ability on the timing and number of children. Higher skilled women have less disutility of labor and have relatively less utility of raising children. Motherhood has a negative effect on the accumulation of human capital by learning-by-doing and thereby on career perspectives. A decline in fertility is explained without a quantity-quality shift.

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Alders, P.G.W. (1998). The Effect of Skill Level on the Timing of Childbearing and Number of Children (No. TI 98-127/3). Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper Series. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/7744