The Menopause Penalty
Speaker(s)Rita Ginja (University of Bergen, Norway)
LocationErasmus University Rotterdam, Campus Woudestein, Polak 3-18
Date and time
October 30, 2023
11:30 - 12:30
AbstractMenopause is a major biological shock to women, marking the end of their reproductive years. Despite its relevance, scant research has studied how it impacts social dynamics, labour market outcomes, or health care demand. Using high-quality linked national register administrative data from Norway and a stacked difference-in-differences design, we estimate the effect of menopause diagnosis on marriage stability, earnings, reliance on social safety net programs, and demand for medical care. We find that menopause affects a broad swath of women's lives, ranging from increased visits to doctors to depressed earnings. Policies aimed at supporting women that suffer more serious symptoms around the menopausal transition may have significant benefits.