CEBI is among the winners of the AEJ Best Paper Award 2020

05. May 2020

The American Economics Journal (AEJ) has named a paper from the DNRF center CEBI as one of the winners of the AEJ Best Paper Awards 2020. “Children and Gender Inequality: Evidence from Denmark,” from CEBI, was published in October of last year in the AEJ and is the winner in the Applied Economics category, which is one of four prize categories, each representing four separate journals of the AEJ. Behind the study are post-doc Jakob Egholt Søgaard and Professor Henrik Kleven from CEBI at the University of Copenhagen in collaboration with French economist Camille Landais, a professor at the London School of Economics.

The image shows the logo for the AEJ Best Paper 2020 Award.
The image shows the logo for the AEJ Best Paper 2020 Award. Photo: AEJ

Two researchers from the DNRF’s Center for Economic Behavior and Inequality (CEBI) at the University of Copenhagen are the lead authors of this year’s winner of one of the AEJ Best Paper Awards in the Applied Economics category. The prize is awarded in one of four categories, each representing four separate journals at AEJ. Behind the study are post-doc Jakob Egholt Søgaard and Professor Henrik Kleven from the CEBI Center of Excellence in collaboration with French economist Camille Landais, a professor at the London School of Economics. The article, entitled “Children and Gender Inequality: Evidence from Denmark,” investigated how having children can have a different and unequal effect on the careers of men and women.

In the study, released in AEJ in October 2019, the research team from CEBI and the London School of Economics examined data from Denmark to compare how the birth of a child affects the careers of men and women in different ways. The study shows that the effects are significant and long-lasting and ultimately result in a long-term gap in income of about 20 percent. But the inequality associated with childbirth is not only evident in the form of a smaller paycheck; the child’s arrival also affects what places some mothers choose to work and diminishes the mothers’ opportunities for promotion. In the study, the research team overall concluded that children’s negative effects on careers for women were significant and did not decrease over time, compared to careers for men.

AEJ is a group of four economics journals published by the American Economic Association (AEA) since 2009. In addition to the journal in Applied Economics, AEJ is divided into the following journals: Economic Policy, Macroeconomics, and Microeconomics. The AEA was founded in 1885 and is a non-profit association working to advance research in economics.

You can read the article “Children and Gender Inequality: Evidence from Denmark” from CEBI here

Learn more about the study in a press release from CEBI here

Further information about the award to CEBI and the other three winners can be found at the AEJ here