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12:30 - 13:45 28 October 2015

Why have the Wages of Married Women Increased? Marital Sorting and Labor Supply of Couples


IFS Basement | Institute for Fiscal Studies (link Map)
7 Ridgmount Street | London | WC1E 7AE | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Student
Ticketing: Open

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Zvi Eckstein, Arison School of Business and School of Economics

During the past 50 years, the economic characteristics of married women have changed substantially. Relative to single women, their wages and employment have increased, and they have become better educated. Is this due to changes in the composition of who gets married, changes in incentives to acquire human capital while married, or some other factor? In this paper we build a dynamic life-cycle model of human capital, labor supply and the marriage market, and use it to study these questions. Our preliminary results suggest that changes in mother’s education and changes in divorce laws can explain much of the changes in behaviour of married women.


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