How the 1978 Foreign Domestic Workers Law Increased Labour Supply of Singaporean Women

Singapore Economic Review (Forthcoming)

25 Pages Posted: 19 Feb 2013 Last revised: 1 Oct 2014

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Tiago Freire

University of Canberra; Roberts Capital Advisors LLC

Date Written: August 23, 2013

Abstract

In 1978, Singapore was the rst country to introduce legislation allowing foreign domestic workers (e.g. maids) to work in the country with special visas. Though Singapore is often cited in the literature as a success story, there are no studies quantifying the impact of this legislation. In this paper, we use data from Singapore's Yearbook of Manpower Statistics between 1974 and 1985, to determine the impact of the 1978 legislation on the labour supply of Singaporean women. We nd that the labour supply of women a ected by this policy increased by between 3.8% and 6.2%.

Keywords: Gender, Labour Supply, Quasi-Natural Experiment, Singapore

JEL Classification: J16, J21, J61

Suggested Citation

Miguel de Abreu Freire, Tiago Alexandre, How the 1978 Foreign Domestic Workers Law Increased Labour Supply of Singaporean Women (August 23, 2013). Singapore Economic Review (Forthcoming). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2220107 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2220107

Tiago Alexandre Miguel de Abreu Freire (Contact Author)

University of Canberra ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

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