Female Labor Supply: Why is the US Falling Behind?
AbstractIn 1990, the US had the sixth highest female labor participation rate among 22 OECD countries. By 2010, its rank had fallen to 17th. We find that the expansion of “family-friendly” policies including parental leave and part-time work entitlements in other OECD countries explains 28-29% of the decrease in US women’s labor force participation relative to these other countries. However, these policies also appear to encourage part-time work and employment in lower level positions: US women are more likely than women in other countries to have full time jobs and to work as managers or professionals.
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Publication status: published as Francine D. Blau and Lawrence M. Kahn. 2013. “Female Labor Supply: Why is the US Falling Behind? American Economic Review, 103 (3): 251-256.
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- Blau, Francine D. & Kahn, Lawrence M., 2013. "Female Labor Supply: Why is the US Falling Behind?," IZA Discussion Papers 7140, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
- J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
- J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
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- NEP-LMA-2013-01-19 (Labor Markets - Supply, Demand, & Wages)
- NEP-LTV-2013-01-19 (Unemployment, Inequality & Poverty)
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