The Female Labor Force and Long-Run Development: The American Experience in Comparative Perspective

50 Pages Posted: 18 Jun 2013

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Claudia Olivetti

Boston College; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: June 2013

Abstract

This paper provides additional evidence on the U-shaped relationship between the process of economic development and women's labor force participation. The experience of the United States is studied in a comparative perspective relative to a sample of rich economies observed over the period 1890-2005. The analysis confirms the existence of a U-shaped female labor supply function, coming from both cross-country and within country variation. Further analysis of a large cross section of economies observed over the post-WWII period suggests that the timing of a country's transition to a modern path of economic development affects the shape of women's labor supply.

Suggested Citation

Olivetti, Claudia, The Female Labor Force and Long-Run Development: The American Experience in Comparative Perspective (June 2013). NBER Working Paper No. w19131. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2281042

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