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Employment dynamics of Greek married women


  • Michael Demoussis
  • Nicholas Giannakopoulos


Purpose - This paper investigates the employment dynamics of Greek married women. Design/methodology/approach - Longitudinal/panel data for the period 1995-2001 and dynamic discrete choice models are used for estimation purposes. Findings - It is found that the probability of being employed is influenced by observed individual characteristics (e.g. human capital, fertility and unearned income), while genuine state dependence and unobserved heterogeneity constitute major sources of observed serial persistence. The results show that lagged employment affects current employment decisions in a systematic way, and that the non-contemporaneous effects of unearned income and fertility correlate with unobserved heterogeneity. The estimated average partial effects reveal that an employed woman in Practical implications - The presence of state dependence and unobserved heterogeneity imply that the bridging of the female employment gap between Greece and its EU partners is expected to follow a slow, long-term course. Originality/value - Greek female labour force participation has been studied only under a static analytical framework. This is the first study to investigate employment decisions of Greek married women in an inter-temporal setting.

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  • Michael Demoussis & Nicholas Giannakopoulos, 2008. "Employment dynamics of Greek married women," International Journal of Manpower, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 29(5), pages 423-442, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:eme:ijmpps:v:29:y:2008:i:5:p:423-442

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    1. Giannakopoulos, Nicholas, 2015. "The added worker effect of married women in Greece during the Great Depression," MPRA Paper 66298, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Daouli, Joan & Demoussis, Michael & Giannakopoulos, Nicholas, 2009. "Sibling-sex composition and its effects on fertility and labor supply of Greek mothers," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 102(3), pages 189-191, March.

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