Part-Time and Full-Time Work Behaviour of Married Women: A Model with a Doubly Truncated Dependent Variable

The Canadian Journal of Economics, Vol. XVI, No. 2, May 1983

University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper No. 2013-259

Posted: 28 May 2013 Last revised: 30 May 2013

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Alice Orcutt Nakamura

University of Alberta - School of Business

Masao Nakamura

University of British Columbia (UBC) - Sauder School of Business

Date Written: May 18, 1982

Abstract

Most micro-labour supply models presented in the literature embody the implicit assumption that the coefficients of the explanatory variables are stable over the range of variation for annual hours of work. In this paper we discuss reasons why this may not be true. A two-stage consistent estimation method that eliminates the sample selection bias problem for samples censored at two limits and is an extension of a consistent two-stage estimation method presented by James Heckman for the case of samples censored at a single limit is then used to explore this question empirically.

Le comportement des femmes mariées travaillant à temps plein et à temps partiel: un modèle où la variable dépendante est tronquée aux deux bouts. La plupart des micro-modèles d'offre de travail qu'on trouve dans la littérature spécialisée contiennent le postulat implicite que les coefficients des variables indépendantes sont stables sur tout l'éventail du nombre des heures de travail au cours d'une année. Les auteurs examinent les raisons pour lesquelles ce n'est pas le cas. Ce travail empirique utilise une méthode de calibration consistente en deux étapes qui élimine le problème du biais dans l'échantillonnage pour des échantillons tronqués aux deux bouts. Il s'agit d'une extension de la méthode mise au point par James Heckman qui ne tronquait la gamme d'échantillons qu'à un seul bout.

Suggested Citation

Nakamura, Alice Orcutt and Nakamura, Masao, Part-Time and Full-Time Work Behaviour of Married Women: A Model with a Doubly Truncated Dependent Variable (May 18, 1982). The Canadian Journal of Economics, Vol. XVI, No. 2, May 1983, University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper No. 2013-259, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2270677

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