What's Up with the Decline in Female Labor Force Participation?

FRB of Atlanta Working Paper No. 2005-18

36 Pages Posted: 11 Oct 2005

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Julie L. Hotchkiss

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; Georgia State University - Department of Economics

Date Written: August 2005

Abstract

This paper determines that the weaker positive pull of education into the labor market and weaker labor market conditions are the observed factors that contributed the most to the decline in the labor force participation rate (LFPR) between 2000 and 2004 among women ages 25-54. As is typical, however, unobserved factors contributed more than any single or combination of observed factors. Furthermore, if the unemployment rate rebounded to its level in 2000, the LFPR would still be 1.4 percentage points lower than it was in 2000.

Keywords: female labor force participation, labor supply, labor force participation over the business cycle

JEL Classification: J22, J11

Suggested Citation

Hotchkiss, Julie L., What's Up with the Decline in Female Labor Force Participation? (August 2005). FRB of Atlanta Working Paper No. 2005-18. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=814009 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.814009

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