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Housing credit and female labour supply: assessing the evidence from Greece


  • Sarantis Lolos

    (Panteion University)

  • Evangelia Papapetrou

    (Bank of Greece and University of Athens)


This paper brings new evidence on the relationship between housing credit and female labour participation decisions by investigating the possible interdependence between the two variables in the case of Greece. This relationship is analysed through the estimation of a probit model with endogenous regressors using household data of the Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC) survey for 2008. The empirical results show that mortgage and female labour participation decisions are interrelated. In a broader perspective, the evidence provided in our analysis supports the existence of a finance (housing credit) and real economy activity (female labour supply) nexus.

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  • Sarantis Lolos & Evangelia Papapetrou, 2011. "Housing credit and female labour supply: assessing the evidence from Greece," Working Papers 141, Bank of Greece.
  • Handle: RePEc:bog:wpaper:141

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    Mortgage market; female labour market participation; endogeneity;

    JEL classification:

    • J2 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor
    • D91 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - Role and Effects of Psychological, Emotional, Social, and Cognitive Factors on Decision Making
    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure

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