Economics at your fingertips  

International labor market competition and wives’ labor supply responses

Pål Schøne () and Marte Strøm ()

Labour Economics, 2021, vol. 70, issue C

Abstract: We examine how the 2004 European Union (EU) enlargement to Eastern European countries affected the employment, earnings and share of home production among workers employed in the Building and Construction industry and their wives. We use licensing requirements to divide workers into two groups who are more and less exposed to labor market competition. We find that exposed workers experience a fall in labor earnings relative to sheltered workers after the EU enlargement. Increased wife labor supply and earnings compensate around one third of the loss. We do not find a similar change in the division of labor in home production measured by the share of parental leave. Having small children does not constrain the labor market responses of the wives.

Keywords: Immigration; Female employment; Division of labor; Parental leave (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J21 J22 J61 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
Full text for ScienceDirect subscribers only

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link:

DOI: 10.1016/j.labeco.2021.101983

Access Statistics for this article

Labour Economics is currently edited by A. Ichino

More articles in Labour Economics from Elsevier
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Catherine Liu ().

Page updated 2022-09-20
Handle: RePEc:eee:labeco:v:70:y:2021:i:c:s092753712100018x