Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/60664
Authors: 
Juhn, Chinhui
Potter, Simon
Year of Publication: 
2007
Series/Report no.: 
Staff Report, Federal Reserve Bank of New York 310
Abstract: 
Using matched March Current Population Surveys, we examine labor market transitions of husbands and wives. We find that the “added-worker effect”—the greater propensity of nonparticipating wives to enter the labor force when their husbands exit employment— is still important among a subset of couples, but that the overall value of marriage as a risk-sharing arrangement has diminished because of the greater positive co-movement of employment within couples. While positive assortative matching on education did increase over time, this shift in the composition of couple types alone cannot account for the increased positive correlation.
Subjects: 
labor, married, Bayesian, participation
JEL: 
J0
E2
C1
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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