Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/73800
Authors: 
Jäger, Ulrike
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
Ifo Working Paper 84
Abstract: 
It is a well-established fact that mothers' labour force participation reacts differently todifferent types of family benefits. It is also already well-known that cultural and religiousfactors have an impact on their labour force participation. But does the labour forcereaction to family benefits differ among more religious mothers? In this paper, I analysehow both factors – benefits and religiosity – interact when it comes to the decision concerninglabour force participation. Firstly, I present a theoretical model which predicts thatthis difference exists. Secondly, I test this prediction in a sample of pooled cross-sectiondata from 10 OECD countries using different measures to assess the extent of religiosity.There is evidence that religious mothers react less than non-religious mothers toincreases in family benefits. I also find important differences among various religiousaffiliations. These results imply that trends in religiosity should be considered whendesigning labour market policies.
Subjects: 
Female labour force participation
public benefits
culture
family attitudes
JEL: 
H20
J21
Z10
Z13
Document Type: 
Working Paper

Files in This Item:
File
Size





Items in EconStor are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.