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Labor Market Opportunities and Women's Decision Making Power within Households

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  • Majlesi, Kaveh

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    (Department of Economics, Lund University)

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Despite the perceived importance of labor market opportunities in shaping married women's outside option, and their bargaining power within households as a result, this link has received very little empirical attention. Using longitudinal data on who makes the decision on a wide range of issues within Mexican households and data from the administrative records of the Mexican Social Security Institute, this paper identifies the effects of relative changes in labor market opportunities for men and women on both working and non-working women's decision making power. The implications for children's health are also investigated. Using the differential effects of China's admission to the WTO across Mexican industries, I check the robustness of my results.

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Paper provided by Lund University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2014:4.

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Length: 42 pages
Date of creation: 17 Feb 2014
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:lunewp:2014_004

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Keywords: Bargaining power; Labor demand; Women; China;

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Cited by:
  1. Rachel Heath & A. Mushfiq Mobarak, 2014. "Manufacturing Growth and the Lives of Bangladeshi Women," NBER Working Papers 20383, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Majlesi, Kaveh, 2014. "Demand for Low-Skilled Labor and Parental Investment in Children's Education: Evidence from Mexico," Working Papers, Lund University, Department of Economics 2014:5, Lund University, Department of Economics.

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