Declining U.S. Labor Force Participation Rates Stand Out

4 Pages Posted: 13 Jun 2018  

Alexander Richter

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Daniel Chapman

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Emil Mihaylov

Federal Reserve Banks - Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Date Written: 2018

Abstract

Male and female prime-age labor force participation rates have declined in the U.S. at a faster rate than in most developed countries over the past 20 years, even among people with a college degree. Stark differences in health outcomes, incarceration rates, and labor market, maternity and child-care policies provide potential explanations for the disproportionate participation-rate decline.

Suggested Citation

Richter, Alexander and Chapman, Daniel and Mihaylov, Emil, Declining U.S. Labor Force Participation Rates Stand Out (2018). Economic Letter, Vol. 13, Issue 6, pp. 1-4, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3195178

Alexander Richter (Contact Author)

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Daniel Chapman

University of Massachusetts Amherst ( email )

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Amherst, MA 01003
United States

Emil Mihaylov

Federal Reserve Banks - Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

2200 North Pearl Street
PO Box 655906
Dallas, TX 75265-5906
United States

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