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The effect of housing wealth on labor force participation: evidence from China

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  • Fu, Shihe
  • Liao, Yu
  • Zhang, Junfu

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This paper uses the 2011 China Household Finance Survey data to estimate the effect of change in housing value on homeowners’ labor force participation. Using the average housing capital gains of other homes in the same community as an instrument for the housing capital gains of a given household, we find that a 100 thousand yuan increase in housing value leads to a 1.37 percentage point decrease in female homeowners’ probability of participating in the labor force and a 1.49 percentage point increase in their probability of becoming housewives. We find little effect on men’s labor force participation.

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  • Fu, Shihe & Liao, Yu & Zhang, Junfu, 2015. "The effect of housing wealth on labor force participation: evidence from China," MPRA Paper 69559, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 15 Feb 2016.
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    Keywords

    Housing wealth effect; housing price; labor supply; labor force participation;

    JEL classification:

    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • R20 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - General
    • R30 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location - - - General

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