Michelle Battisti (Glasgow University) Parenthood Effects on Labour Market Skills

Start: Friday 1. Dec 2023, 12:45
End: Friday 1. Dec 2023, 14:15
Place: RB 338
Contact person: Lubomír Cingl
Tags: #doktorandi #prednaska #research #rsse #zamestnanci

It is our pleasure that Dr. Michele Battisti (Glasgow University) will present on Friday, December 1, 2023, at 12:45 in room RB338 about his research on the topic „Parenthood Effects on Labour Market Skills"Registration is not required and anyone who would like to attend is warmly invited.


Pronounced child penalties in labour market outcomes are widely documented. In this paper, we adapt the pseudo-panel approach by Kleven (2023) to estimate child penalties in a single cross-sectional data set on cognitive skills of adults (PIAAC) covering 26 countries. We show that labour market skills drop in early parenthood for both parents, but especially for mothers. The long-run child penalty in numeracy skills is 0.15 standard deviations. Using estimates on the returns to skills in the labour market, these lower numeracy skills would translate into 3% lower wages for mothers.


Michele Battisti is a Professor of Economics at the Adam Smith Business School. Michele has received a PhD in Economics from Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada) in 2012. Michele has spent research periods at University College London (2014) and at the University of California Davis (2014) and is a CESifo Research Network Affiliate (Since September 2017). Michele’s research interests are mainly within the large field of labour economics, with a focus on issues around migration, technological change, gender and health. A recent project of Michele estimates the welfare effects of international migration for non-migrants, taking account of both labour market and fiscal interactions. As part of another project, he has investigated how interactions between workers within a firm can affect labour market outcomes. Michele has also been working on the role of immigrant social networks on the employment and human capital investment decisions of newcomers to Germany. Focusing on asylum seekers, another project employs a field experiment based on a randomised control trial to evaluate the role of matching frictions for the labour market integration of forced migrants in Germany. Within a separate but related research agenda on the effects of innovation for individual workers, Michele has also worked on a project on the heterogeneous effects of technological and organisational change at the firm level for workers of different occupations, age and education levels.

Michelle Battisti (Glasgow University)