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Recent Changes in the Labor Supply Behavior of Married Couples

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  • Robert Kaestner

    (Rider College)

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Using the Current Population Survey, this paper analyzes the labor supply behavior of married couples using a simple life-cycle model. Estimates of the effect of wage changes and additional children on labor supply are provided for the beginning and end of a recent twenty-year period. The results suggest that the labor supply response of married men and women to wage changes and the presence of additional children have changed little over the period examined. These results are inconsistent with recent perceptions, and the findings from time use studies that imply a greater sharing of household production among married couples.

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Article provided by Eastern Economic Association in its journal Eastern Economic Journal.

Volume (Year): 19 (1993)
Issue (Month): 2 (Spring)
Pages: 185-208

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Handle: RePEc:eej:eeconj:v:19:y:1993:i:2:p:185-208

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Keywords: Labor Supply; Women;

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  1. Altonji, Joseph G, 1986. "Intertemporal Substitution in Labor Supply: Evidence from Micro Data," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 94(3), pages S176-S215, June.
  2. John M. Abowd & David Card, 1986. "On the Covariance Structure of Earnings and Hours Changes," NBER Working Papers 1832, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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  6. Gronau, Reuben, 1973. "The Intrafamily Allocation of Time: The Value of the Housewives' Time," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 63(4), pages 634-51, September.
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