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Intergenerational links in female labor force participation

  • Morrill, Melinda Sandler
  • Morrill, Thayer
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    Fernandez, Fogli, and Olivetti (2004) introduce an innovative model of how the experiences of one generation of women affect the behavior of the next generation of women via their sons/husbands. Empirically they find that a woman is more likely to work if her mother-in-law worked than if her own mother worked. We confirm this intriguing result but demonstrate that there is also a link between the labor force participation choices of mothers and daughters. Further, in an alternative theoretical model we show that the relationship between the labor force participation of mothers-in-law and daughters-in-law may be due instead to a woman's own preferences formed before selecting a spouse. Interestingly, the model demonstrates that the correlation in labor force status may be stronger for a mother-in-law/daughter-in-law pair than a mother/daughter pair, even if the preference formation channel is solely from mothers to daughters.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Labour Economics.

    Volume (Year): 20 (2013)
    Issue (Month): C ()
    Pages: 38-47

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:labeco:v:20:y:2013:i:c:p:38-47
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