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CHANGES IN MARRIED WOMEN’S LABOR SUPPLY BEHAVIOR IN GERMANY, 1985-2005

主讲人: Monika Merz
主讲人简介: Monika Merz (University of Bonn)
简介: In Germany, the amount of labor supplied by women in partnerships has undergone drastic changes over the past two decades. Their employment ratio has steadily risen while – contrary to the trend observed in many Western industrialized countries – their weekly market hours worked have significantly declined. This paper uses micro data from the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) to study the link between changes in the wage structure and crosssectional changes in married women’s labor supply that have occurred in Germany since the mid 1980s. Following the stratification method by Juhn and Murphy (1997), it links the changes in wives’ labor market behavior to their partner’s wage rate and to family circumstances, thereby documenting the heterogeneity in the incidence of hours’ reduction.The smallest decrease in weekly market hours occurred among high-skilled women and women with a high-wage partner; this pattern prevails even when young children are present. The evidence is consistent with results derived from estimating a simple household model of wives’ market hours using Garen’s (1984) control function approach. Wives’ market hours react positively to a rise in their own wage and negatively to a rise in their partner’s wage, or to small children in the family.
时间: 2008年10月28日(周二)19:05-20:30
地点: 经济楼D110
类型: 独立讲座
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