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An exploratory empirical note on the impact of labour market freedom on the female labour force participation rate in the US

Richard Cebula and Gigi Alexander ()

Applied Economics Letters, 2015, vol. 22, issue 8, 632-636

Abstract: The purpose of this exploratory empirical note is to provide at least preliminary insight into whether a greater degree of labour market freedom (LABMKTFREE) elicits an increase in the female labour force participation rate (FLFPR) in the US. Initial empirical support for this hypothesis is provided in this study since the estimated coefficient on the LABMKTFREE index is positive and statistically significant at the 5% level. This result implies that, other things held the same, the higher the LABMKTFREE index, the greater the FLFPR. Indeed, the findings imply that a 1% increase in the LABMKTFREE index would lead to a 0.294% increase in the FLFPR.

Date: 2015
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DOI: 10.1080/13504851.2014.962221

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