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Effects of Husband's Education and Family Structure on Labor Force Participation and Married Japanese Women's Earnings

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  • Yukichi Mano
  • Eiji Yamamura

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This article investigates the relationships of a husband's education, family structure, co-residence with parents or in-laws, and child care, to labor supply and earnings among married Japanese women between 2000 and 2002. Whereas educated husbands reduce the labor supply of wives, their human capital is positively associated with productivity and earnings of the wives once they participate in the labor market. Moreover, our analysis suggests a specific division of labor within a household through which a wife's mother or mother-in-law helps her participate in the labor market, while her father or father-in-law does not affect her labor participation.

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Article provided by M.E. Sharpe, Inc. in its journal Japanese Economy.

Volume (Year): 38 (2011)
Issue (Month): 3 (October)
Pages: 71-91

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Handle: RePEc:mes:jpneco:v:38:y:2011:i:3:p:71-91

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  1. Eiji Yamamura & Antonio R. Andrés, 2011. "Influence of age of child on differences in marital satisfaction of males and females in East Asian countries," EERI Research Paper Series EERI_RP_2011_19, Economics and Econometrics Research Institute (EERI), Brussels.
  2. Mano, Yukichi & Yamamura, Eiji, 2011. "Human Capital Accumulation through Interaction between a Married Couple: Comparison between a Housewife and a Working Wife," MPRA Paper 28936, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Eiji Yamamura & Antonio Rodriguez, 2012. "Influence of age of child on differencesinlife satisfaction ofmalesand females: A comparative study among East Asian countries," Development Research Working Paper Series 04/2012, Institute for Advanced Development Studies.

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