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Social norms and female labor force participation in urban China

Xi Chen and Suqin Ge

Journal of Comparative Economics, 2018, vol. 46, issue 4, 966-987

Abstract: This study investigates the impact of social norms on the labor supply decision of married women in urban China. Our estimation results indicate that men raised by non-working mothers are more likely to support traditional gender roles, are more averse to having working wives, and tend to be less productive or less willing to engage in housework than other men. Consequently, the labor force participation rate of married women with non-working mothers-in-law is 5–18 percentage points lower than that of married women with working mothers-in-law in urban China.

Keywords: Female labor force participation; Social norms; China (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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