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ERIC Number: EJ929127
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0022-2445
Wives' Relative Wages, Husbands' Paid Work Hours, and Wives' Labor-Force Exit
Shafer, Emily Fitzgibbons
Journal of Marriage and Family, v73 n1 p250-263 Feb 2011
Economic theories predict that women are more likely to exit the labor force if their partners' earnings are higher and if their own wage rate is lower. In this article, I use the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (N = 2,254) and discrete-time event-history analysis to show that wives' relative wages are more predictive of their exit than are their own or their husbands' absolute wages. In addition, I show that women married to men who work more than 45 hours per week are more likely to exit the labor force than are wives whose husbands' work approximately 40 hours per week. My findings highlight the need to examine how women's partners affect women's labor-force participation. (Contains 1 figure and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Survey of Youth