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Female Self-Employment and Demand for Flexible, Nonstandard Work Schedules

Karen V Lombard

Economic Inquiry, 2001, vol. 39, issue 2, 214-37

Abstract: Motivated by the rising importance of female self-employment, this article develops and estimates a two-step empirical model to explain why married women choose self-employment over wage-salary employment. The article also develops a bounded influence regression model to estimate self employment wage equations. In sum, a woman is more likely to choose self-employment the greater her relative earnings potential as self-employed, the greater her demand for flexibility, the greater her demand for a nonstandard work week, and if her husband has health insurance. The increase in women's earnings potential as self-employed explains most of the increase in their self-employment from 1979 to 1990. Copyright 2001 by Oxford University Press.

Date: 2001
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