Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/89949
Authors: 
Mavromaras, Kostas G.
Zhu, Rong
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Paper 7581
Abstract: 
In this paper we estimate the interdependence of labour force participation decisions made by Australian couples from 2001 to 2011. We focus on couples with a mature age husband, and estimate the interdependence of the participation decision of the couple. We find that the decision of a wife to work or not influences positively, and in a causal fashion, the decision of her husband to work or not. In our paper we use counterfactual analysis to estimate the impact of the increasing labour force participation of a wife on her husband's participation. We find that the increased labour force participation of married women observed between 2002 and 2011 has been responsible for about a 4 percentage points increase in the participation of their mature age husbands.
Subjects: 
labour force participation
spousal status
joint decision making
male employment trends
Australia
JEL: 
J14
J21
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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