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

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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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  • Masaru Sasaki, 2002. "The Causal Effect of Family Structure on Labor Force Participation among Japanese Married Women," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 37(2), pages 429-440.
  • Handle: RePEc:uwp:jhriss:v:37:y:2002:i:2:p:429-440
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