Brotherhood of St Laurence

Labour force participation of mature age men in Australia : the role of spousal participation /

By: Mavromaras, Kostas
Contributor(s): Rong, Zhu
Series: Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). Discussion paper seriesPublisher: Bonn, Germany IZA 2013Description: PDFSubject(s): Age And Employment | Labour Supply | Men Employment | Labour | Employment | AgedOnline Resources: Electronic copy
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August 2013 Includes bibliographic references

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

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