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The inversion of married women's labour supply and wage: Evidence from Thailand

Lusi Liao and Sasiwimon Paweenawat

Asian-Pacific Economic Literature, 2021, vol. 35, issue 1, 82-98

Abstract: This study investigates the labour supply behaviour of married Thai women with reference to their own and their spouse's wages. Controlling for spousal education and number of children, the main findings indicate an inverse relationship between married women's labour supply and wages, contrary to the evidence from developed countries. The estimated own wage elasticity ranges from −1.70 to −2.40 and the cross elasticity ranges from −0.16 to −0.17, indicating that the impact of own wage on labour supplied is much larger than spouse's wage. The results from disaggregation classified according to different socioeconomic backgrounds also show negative elasticities between own and spouses' wage across all subgroups, except for those with university degrees and higher income.

Date: 2021
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