Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/21273
Authors: 
Bonin, Holger
Euwals, Rob
Year of Publication: 
2001
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion paper series 413
Abstract: 
The paper studies the determinants of labor force participation by East German women after unification. To isolate the role of preferences on labor force participation from individual characteristics, we develop a panel data model that simultaneously explains participation, employment and wages. The model, estimated for East and West Germany on the basis of the German Socio-Economic Panel, indicates that distinct preferences could explain the regional difference in participation rates at unification. Afterward East German women became less willing to participate, but the negative labor supply trend was offset on the aggregate level by changes in characteristics and wages promoting participation.
Subjects: 
Transitional economies
labor force participation
panel data
JEL: 
C33
J21
J31
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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