Why Are Married Women Working So Much?

September 3rd, 2014
in econ_news

by Minneapolis Fed

In the last sixty years, there have been dramatic changes in the United States in the hours allocated to market production as a function of sex and marital status. The most striking change is the almost threefold increase in the hours worked by married women. This has occurred over a period in which married men’s hours have declined slightly and those of single individuals, both women and men, have been virtually unchanged.


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Our objective in this paper is to study the validity of three alternative hypotheses for why these changes have occurred: i) that the changes are a result of improvements in the technology for producing home goods, ii) that they follow from overall income growth if home goods are inferior, and iii) that they are a result of a reduction in the gender wage gap.

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Source: http://www.minneapolisfed.org/research/SR/SR317.pdf

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