What determines women's labor supply?: the role of home productivity and social norms

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Author: Afridi, Farzana; Bishnu, Monisankar; Mahajan, Kanika


We highlight the role of home productivity in explaining the gender gap in labor force participation (LFP), and the non-monotonic relationship of women's LFP with their education in developing countries (India) in contrast to the developed economies (United Kingdom, U.K.). We construct a model of couples' time allocation decisions allowing for both market and home productivity to improve with own education. Our theoretical predictions match the data for India at low levels of women's education but over-predict labor supply at higher levels, unlike the U.K.. Incorporating constraints...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Gender; Labour market; Participation; Employment

Keywords: Labour force participation; Educational level; Education work relationship; Wage differential; Barrier; Social aspects

Geographic subjects: India; Asia; Great Britain; Europe

Published: Bonn, Germany: IZA, 2019

Physical description: 68 p.

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Series: IZA discussion paper; no. 12666

ISSN: 2365-9793

Resource type: Discussion paper

Call number: TD/TNC 138.736

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