Explaining female labour participation

This paper by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston examines the reasons for changes in the participation of married woman in the US labour market.

Specifically, the paper considers so-called "cross-wage elasticities" - the responsiveness by female labour supply to husbands' wages and other family income.

The paper finds that "the decline in responsiveness to husbands' wages has come to an end" and may, in fact have risen in recent years (the data sample runs until 2006).

As potential reasons for

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