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Worktime regulations and spousal labor supply

Goux, Dominique and Maurin, Eric and Petrongolo, Barbara (2014) Worktime regulations and spousal labor supply. American Economic Review, 104 (1). pp. 252-276. ISSN 0002-8282

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Identification Number: 10.1257/aer.104.1.252

Abstract

We study interdependencies in spousal labor supply by exploiting the design of the French workweek reduction, which introduced exogenous variation in one's spouse's labor supply, at constant earnings. Treated employees work on average two hours less per week. Husbands of treated women respond by reducing their labor supply by about half an hour, consistent with substantial leisure complementarity, and specifically cut the non usual component of their workweek, leaving usual hours unchanged. Women's response to their husband's treatment is instead weak and rarely statistically significant, possibly due to heavier constraints in the organization of their workweek.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.aeaweb.org/aer/index.php
Additional Information: © 2014 American Economic Association
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2014 14:47
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2014 13:28
Projects: RES-107-28-0001
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/57365

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