Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/20473
Authors: 
van Ham, Maarten
Büchel, Felix
Year of Publication: 
2004
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion paper series 1220
Abstract: 
We analyze the effects of regional structures on females? willingness to work as well as on the probability that non-employed women who are willing to work actually will engage in job search. Special permission was granted to link regional data to individual respondents in the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP). Results of a bivariate probit model correcting for sample selection show that high regional unemployment discourages women from entering the labor market. Further, findings indicate that women with young children are willing to work, but that women with young children and mothers who are unhappy with the regional childcare provision are the least likely to look for a job. These findings indicate that high institutional and spatial barriers discourage mothers from entering employment.
Subjects: 
female labor supply
job search
regional labor markets
childcare provision
bivariate probit model
JEL: 
J13
R23
J64
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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