Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/127703
Authors: 
Busso, Matias
Fonseca, Dario Romero
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
Documento de Trabajo 187
Abstract: 
Female labor force participation has increased 10 percentage points between 1990 and 2010. This paper analyzes the possible determinants of this increase. Among those determinants are changes in education, family structure, fertility, as well as changes in socioeconomic environment including wages, returns to working at home, preferences, and technology, among others. We discuss the mechanisms behind those determinants by organizing the very large theoretical and empirical literature on the subject. We then assess the relative importance of the determinants in two ways. We compute treatment effects estimated in the literature and combine them with information about the changes in the causing variables. We also use data from household surveys and combine them with a dataset of determinants to find correlations in the data that reinforce or reject the analysis of the literature review.
Subjects: 
Female labor supply
Latin America
Determinants
Literature Review
JEL: 
J22
J16
N3
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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