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Changes in the Labour Supply of Japanese Women between 1993 and 2008: A Panel Data Analysis

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  • Tomoko Kishi
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    In Japan a negative relationship between the labour force participation rate of married women and spouse income has been observed. It has also been remarked that the labour force participation rate of married women has almost no correlation with their level of educational attainment. This paper examines whether there has been any changes in recent cohorts. Two kinds of panel data released in Japan (the JPSC and KHPS) are used for the analyses; one with two and the other, four observed labour market outcomes as dependent variables. The results suggest that the cohort differentials in both the probability of working and attaining full-time employment are weak. The effect of spouse income on female labour force participation is significantly negative, while that of higher education on working and full-time employment is not robust. The results also indicate both younger university graduates and their older counterparts have approximately the same probability of gaining full time employment, suggesting more needs to be done to ensure higher education is beneficial for Japanese women in terms of employment outcomes.

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    Paper provided by Australia-Japan Research Centre, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University in its series Asia Pacific Economic Papers with number 396.

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    Length: 32 pages
    Date of creation: 2012
    Handle: RePEc:csg:ajrcau:396
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    1. Sophia Rabe-Hesketh & Anders Skrondal, 2012. "Multilevel and Longitudinal Modeling Using Stata, 3rd Edition," Stata Press books, StataCorp LP, edition 3, number mimus2, January.
    2. Kazuaki Okamura & Nizamul Islam, 2011. "InterÔÇÉTemporal Labour Force Participation Among Married Women In Japan," The Japanese Economic Review, Japanese Economic Association, vol. 62(4), pages 562-580, December.
    3. Koyo Miyoshi, 2009. "Labor Supply Behavior of Japanese Husbands and Wives," Keio/Kyoto Joint Global COE Discussion Paper Series 2009-034, Keio/Kyoto Joint Global COE Program.
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