Does Religion Influence the Labour Supply of Married Women in Germany?
Posted: 3 Aug 2004
Using behavioral theories, this article analyzes whether religion influences married women in Germany in their decision to supply labor. Gender roles and accompanying attitudes toward the division of labor among spouses might differ across religious groups depending on the groups' strictness. Examining data from the GSOEP, the findings suggest that denominational affiliation itself only weakly influences women's labor participation decisions. However, women who participate regularly in religious activities are less inclined towards paid employment. Furthermore, there is evidence that the presence of a spouse with a strong belief also affects a woman's supply of labor negatively.
Keywords: Female labor supply, religious participation, fixed effects logit model
JEL Classification: J22, Z12
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