A capable wife: couple’s joint decisions on labor supply and family chores

A capable wife: couple’s joint decisions on labor supply and family chores This study investigates how spousal employment status affects personal employment decisions and the division of family chores. We apply Bresnahan and Reiss (J Econom 48(1):57–81, 1991) empirical cooperative game model to estimate household aggregate preference for a dual-earner family, extending their model to identify the individual preferences of husbands and wives by using the share of family chores as an empirical proxy for individual indirect disutilities. Using data from Taiwan, we show that an average household in the sample does not prefer a dual-earner family. The estimates of individual preferences indicate that this aversion comes mainly from the husbands. These results suggest that the gender gap in labor force participation and earnings has reduced at a faster rate than the social norm change toward the role of women in Taiwan. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Empirical Economics Springer Journals

A capable wife: couple’s joint decisions on labor supply and family chores

A capable wife: couple’s joint decisions on labor supply and family chores

Empir Econ (2017) 53:827–851 DOI 10.1007/s00181-016-1126-0 A capable wife: couple’s joint decisions on labor supply and family chores 1 2 Ji-Liang Shiu · Meng-Chi Tang Received: 1 October 2014 / Accepted: 9 June 2016 / Published online: 18 August 2016 © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2016 Abstract This study investigates how spousal employment status affects personal employment decisions and the division of family chores. We apply Bresnahan and Reiss (J Econom 48(1):57–81, 1991) empirical cooperative game model to estimate household aggregate preference for a dual-earner family, extending their model to identify the individual preferences of husbands and wives by using the share of fam- ily chores as an empirical proxy for individual indirect disutilities. Using data from Taiwan, we show that an average household in the sample does not prefer a dual- earner family. The estimates of individual preferences indicate that this aversion comes mainly from the husbands. These results suggest that the gender gap in labor force participation and earnings has reduced at a faster rate than the social norm change toward the role of women in Taiwan. Keywords Family economics · Household joint decisions · Gender · Female labor force participation We thank the corresponding editor, Robert Kunst, an associate editor and three anonymous referees for their comments and suggestions to this paper. We acknowledge the support from the National Science Council of Taiwan to this research project (101-2629-H-194-003). We thank Shiuan Liou for her research assistance to this paper. The usual disclaimer applies. Meng-Chi Tang mengchi@gmail.com Ji-Liang Shiu jishiu.econ@gmail.com Institute for Economic and Social Research, Jinan University, Guangzhou, China Department of Economics, National Chung-Cheng University, 168 University Rd., Min-Hsiung, Chia-Yi, Taiwan 123 828 J.-L. Shiu, M.-C. Tang JEL Classification J12 · J16 ·...
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Springer Berlin Heidelberg
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Copyright © 2016 by Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
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Economics; Econometrics; Statistics for Business/Economics/Mathematical Finance/Insurance; Economic Theory/Quantitative Economics/Mathematical Methods
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0377-7332
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1435-8921
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10.1007/s00181-016-1126-0
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