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Female Labour Force Participation: Past Trends and Main Determinants in OECD Countries


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  • Florence Jaumotte


This paper examines the determinants of female labour force participation in OECD countries, including a number of policy instruments such as the tax treatment of second earners (relative to single individuals), childcare subsidies, child benefits, paid maternity and parental leaves, and tax incentives to sharing market work between spouses. The econometric analysis uses a panel data set covering 17 OECD countries over the period 1985-1999, and distinguishes between part-time and full-time female participation rates. It shows a positive impact on female participation of a more neutral tax treatment of second earners (relative to single individuals), stronger tax incentives to share market work between spouses, childcare subsidies, and paid maternity and parental leaves Unlike childcare subsidies, child benefits reduce female participation due to an income effect and their lump-sum character. Finally, female education, the general labour market conditions, and cultural attitudes ... Participation des femmes au marché du travail : Tendances passées et principaux déterminants dans les pays de l'OCDE Cet article examine les déterminants de la participation des femmes au marché du travail dans les pays de l’OCDE, incluant un certain nombre d’instruments de politique économique tels que le traitement fiscal du deuxième revenu du foyer (par rapport à la taxation d’un individu célibataire), les subsides aux dépenses de garde d’enfants, les allocations familiales, les congés de maternité et parentaux rémunérés, ainsi que les incitants fiscaux à partager le travail rémunéré entre époux. L’analyse économétrique utilise une base de données de panel couvrant 17 pays de l’OCDE sur la période 1985-1999, et distingue entre taux de participation féminine à temps partiel et à temps complet. Elle révèle que la participation féminine est stimulée par un traitement fiscal plus neutre du deuxième revenu du foyer, de plus grands incitants fiscaux à partager le travail rémunéré entre époux, les subsides aux dépenses de garde d’enfants, et par les congés de maternité et parentaux ...

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Paper provided by OECD Publishing in its series OECD Economics Department Working Papers with number 376.

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Date of creation: 12 Dec 2003
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Handle: RePEc:oec:ecoaaa:376-en

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Keywords: efficiency; fiscal policies and behaviour of households; child care; labour force and employment; time allocation and labour supply (part-time employment; work sharing); economics of gender; government expenditure; size and structure; optimal taxation; garde d'enfants; allocation du temps; offre de travail; taille et structure; efficience; taxation optimale; force de travail et emploi; politiques publiques et comportement des ménages; économie de l'égalité des sexes; emploi à temps partiel; partage du travail; dépenses publiques;

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