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The Extra Burden of Moslem Wives: Clues from Israeli Women's Labor Supply

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  • Grossbard-Shechtman, Shoshana
  • Neuman, Shoshana

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This paper examines differences in the labour supply of women of different religions in Israel. We estimate religious differentials in the effect of husband’s income, number of children, education, and age on married women’s labour supply. It is suggested that labour supply patterns of wives from different religious backgrounds may reveal differences in the institutions which different religious groups have established to regulate marriage and divorce. Our results suggest that Christian marital institutions are closer to Jewish marital institutions than they are to Moslem marital institutions. Moslem women appear to be less likely to translate their resources into a higher value of time in marriage than either Christian women or Jewish women. Educated Moslem women seem to have fewer constraints on their marriages than their uneducated counterparts.

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Article provided by University of Chicago Press in its journal Economic Development and Cultural Change.

Volume (Year): 46 (1998)
Issue (Month): 3 (April)
Pages: 491-517

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Handle: RePEc:ucp:ecdecc:v:46:y:1998:i:3:p:491-517

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  1. Jennifer Olmsted, 2002. "Assessing the Impact of Religion on Gender Status," Feminist Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 8(3), pages 99-111.
  2. Victoria Vernon, 2010. "Marriage: for love, for money…and for time?," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, Springer, vol. 8(4), pages 433-457, December.
  3. Hajj, Mandana & Panizza, Ugo, 2009. "Religion and education gender gap: Are Muslims different?," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 28(3), pages 337-344, June.
  4. Anaman, Kwabena A. & Kassim, Hartinie M., 2006. "Marriage and female labour supply in Brunei Darussalam: A case study of urban women in Bandar Seri Begawan," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 35(5), pages 797-812, October.
  5. Leif Danziger & Shoshanna Neuman, 1998. "On the Age at Marriage: Theory and Evidence from Jews and Moslems in Israel," Cahiers de recherche CREFE / CREFE Working Papers, CREFE, Université du Québec à Montréal 82, CREFE, Université du Québec à Montréal.
  6. Shoshana Grossbard-Shechtman & Xuanning Fu, 2002. "Women's Labor Force Participation and Status Exchange in Intermarriage: A Model and Evidence for Hawaii 1," Journal of Bioeconomics, Springer, Springer, vol. 4(3), pages 241-268, October.
  7. Ruttan, Vernon W., 2000. "Imperialism And Competition In Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science And Economics: A Perspective From Development Economics," Bulletins, University of Minnesota, Economic Development Center 12978, University of Minnesota, Economic Development Center.

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