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Worktime regulations and spousal labor supply

Goux, Dominique, 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


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.

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Additional Information: © 2014 American Economic Association
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
JEL classification: J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics > J16 - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J2 - Time Allocation, Work Behavior, and Employment Determination and Creation; Human Capital; Retirement > J22 - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
K - Law and Economics > K3 - Other Substantive Areas of Law > K31 - Labor Law
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2014 14:47
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2024 01:15
Projects: RES-107-28-0001
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council

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