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The Impact of a Wife's Education on Her Husband's Earnings in Malaysia

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  • Shahina Amin

    (University of Northern Iowa)

  • Lisa K. Jepsen

    (University of Northern Iowa)

Abstract

Researchers have studied the effect of a wife's education on her husband's earnings for married couples in the United States, Hong Kong, Israel, Iran, and Brazil. We study how a wife's years of schooling affect her husband's earnings in Malaysia. Using a longitudinal sample from the Malaysian Family Life Surveys, we find that a wife's education has a positive and statistically significant impact on her husband's earnings. The magnitude is similar to studies of other countries. Our results suggest that policies in developing countries that increase women's education could have positive effects for families beyond the women's own labor force participation and earnings.

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  • Shahina Amin & Lisa K. Jepsen, 2005. "The Impact of a Wife's Education on Her Husband's Earnings in Malaysia," Journal of Economic Insight (formerly the Journal of Economics (MVEA)), Missouri Valley Economic Association, vol. 31(2), pages 1-18.
  • Handle: RePEc:mve:journl:v:31:y:2005:i:2:p:1-18
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    1. Yamamura, Eiji & Mano, Yukichi, 2010. "The Relationship Between the Effects of a Wife’s Education on her Husband’s Earnings and her Labor Participation: Japan in the period 2000 -2003," MPRA Paper 22439, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Yukichi Mano & Eiji Yamamura, 2011. "Effects of Husband's Education and Family Structure on Labor Force Participation and Married Japanese Women's Earnings," Japanese Economy, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 38(3), pages 71-91.
    3. Yamamura, Eiji, 2009. "Socio-economic status, gender, and spouse’s earnings: affect of family background on matching," MPRA Paper 17100, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Eiji Yamamura & Yukichi Mano, 2012. "An Investigation into the Positive Effect of an Educated Wife on Her Husband’s Earnings: The Case of Japan in the Period between 2000 and 2003," International Advances in Economic Research, Springer;International Atlantic Economic Society, vol. 18(4), pages 409-416, November.
    5. repec:kap:iaecre:v:18:y:2012:i:4:p:409-416 is not listed on IDEAS
    6. Mano, Yukichi & Yamamura, Eiji, 2012. "The Influence of a wife’s working status on her husband’s accumulation of human capital," MPRA Paper 37247, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    7. Mano, Yukichi & Yamamura, Eiji, 2011. "Human Capital Accumulation through Interaction between a Married Couple: Comparison between a Housewife and a Working Wife," MPRA Paper 28936, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    JEL classification:

    • J1 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics
    • O5 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies

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