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Unemployment and Female Labour Supply

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  • Blundell, Richard
  • Ham, John
  • Meghir, Costas

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The definition of labor force participation in the standard labor supply model stands in sharp contrast to that used in compiling the labor force statistics. In standard labor supply models, only those supplying positive hours of work are considered to be labor force participants. On the other hand, participation in the labor force statistics is often defined to include not only those supplying positive hours but also those actively searching for work. This paper is an attempt to reconcile these concepts and turns out to be aconvenient way to enter demand side factors. The model is applied to the working behavior of married women in the U.K. Family Expenditure Survey. Copyright 1987 by Royal Economic Society.

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  • Blundell, Richard & Ham, John & Meghir, Costas, 1987. "Unemployment and Female Labour Supply," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 97(388a), pages 44-64, Supplemen.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecj:econjl:v:97:y:1987:i:388a:p:44-64
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