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The Causal Effect of Family Structure on Labor Force Participation among Japanese Married Women

  • Masaru Sasaki

This paper finds that after controlling for the endogeneity of family structure, coresidence with one's own parents or in-laws has a significant positive effect on Japanese married women's labor force participation. This suggests that coresidence allows married women to share the burden of household work with their parents or in-laws, thus leading to the increased probability of labor force participation. It is also found that married women are more likely to reside with parents-in-law if their husband is the eldest son. This suggests the persistence of the traditional Japanese value that the eldest son is more responsible for family matters.

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Article provided by University of Wisconsin Press in its journal Journal of Human Resources.

Volume (Year): 37 (2002)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 429-440

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Handle: RePEc:uwp:jhriss:v:37:y:2002:i:2:p:429-440
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