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Labour Force Participation of Mature Age Men in Australia: The Role of Spousal Participation

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  • Mavromaras, Kostas G.

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    (NILS, Flinders University)

  • Zhu, Rong

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    (NILS, Flinders University)

In this paper we estimate the interdependence of labour force participation decisions made by Australian couples from 2001 to 2011. We focus on couples with a mature age husband, and estimate the interdependence of the participation decision of the couple. We find that the decision of a wife to work or not influences positively, and in a causal fashion, the decision of her husband to work or not. In our paper we use counterfactual analysis to estimate the impact of the increasing labour force participation of a wife on her husband's participation. We find that the increased labour force participation of married women observed between 2002 and 2011 has been responsible for about a 4 percentage points increase in the participation of their mature age husbands.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2013
Publication status: published in: Oxford Economic Papers, Advance Access January 21, 2015 (10.1093/oep/gpu054)
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp7581
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