Job Market Paper
In this paper I develop a model of marriage, bargaining and time allocation to assess the quantitative importance of changes in the sex ratios on paid work, housework, leisure and assortative mating. I then calibrate the model with Chinese data, as the country has been experiencing a surge in boy births relative to girls' since the 1980s. I find that changes in the sex ratio explain around half of the changes in married women paid work and leisure time between 1990 and 2010. Moreover, I find that the effect of the sex ratio operated mainly through bargaining within the household, and very marginally via marital sorting.
Other work in progress
Childcare subsidies and pension sustainability (joint with Lidia Cruces)
Is it possible to simultaneously increase fertility and female labor force participation? This paper looks at the policy that shows most promise to achieve this empirically, namely subsidies to childcare. We use an overlapping generations model in which women must choose how many children to have and how much to work along their life cycle to assess the impact of this policy on the pension system finances.