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Cross-National Comparisons of the Labour Force Participation of Women Married to Unemployed Men

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This paper estimates a cross-sectional model of married women's labor-force participation for five countries--Britain, Denmark, the United States, Sweden, and Ireland--using data from the 1980s. The model includes a linearized budget constraint and an instrumented wage variable. Dummy variables were entered for the benefit regimes that unemployed husbands were experiencing. The five countries between them had a range of means-tested and other benefit regimes for unemployed men. The results suggest that non-means-tested regimes do not affect wives' participation whereas means-tested regimes all lower wives participation rates, given their characteristics. Coauthors are Siv Gustafsson, Nina Smith, and Tim Callan. Copyright 1995 by Royal Economic Society.

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Volume (Year): 47 (1995)
Issue (Month): 4 (October)
Pages: 611-35

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Handle: RePEc:oup:oxecpp:v:47:y:1995:i:4:p:611-35

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