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The Female Labor Force and Long-run Development: The American Experience in Comparative Perspective

  • Claudia Olivetti

This paper provides additional evidence on the U-shaped relationship between the process of economic development and women's labor force participation. The experience of the United States is studied in a comparative perspective relative to a sample of rich economies observed over the period 1890-2005. The analysis confirms the existence of a U-shaped female labor supply function, coming from both cross-country and within country variation. Further analysis of a large cross section of economies observed over the post-WWII period suggests that the timing of a country's transition to a modern path of economic development affects the shape of women's labor supply.

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Date of creation: Jun 2013
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Publication status: published as The Female Labor Force and Long-Run Development: The American Experience in Comparative Perspective , Claudia Olivetti. in Human Capital in History: The American Record , Boustan, Frydman, and Margo. 2014
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:19131
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