EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

The Impact of Work-Life Balance Policies on the Time Allocation and Fertility Preference of Japanese Women

Miki Kohara () and Bipasha Maity ()
Additional contact information
Miki Kohara: Osaka University

No 33, Working Papers from Ashoka University, Department of Economics

Abstract: We analyze the impact of work-life balance policies enacted by the government of Japan on the share of time allocated by Japanese women to paid employment, home production and leisure on a typical working day. Using panel data and employing fixed effects to control for unobserved individual heterogeneity, we find that these policies have had some success in altering cultural norms about the gender division of labour in Japanese households. In particular, we find that these policies increased married women’s share of time spent in paid employment. However, the increase in the share of time spent in paid employment is not largely compensated by cutting down the share of time spent in home production. This necessitates the need to cut down the share of time spent for leisure, implying a “double burden†of work for women. Further, work-life balance policies in married men’s firms do not appear to significantly influence their time allocation between various activities on a typical working day. We find that although work-life balance policies do not appear to influence the desirability of having a child for all women, they help women with children younger than six years raise the share of time spent in paid employment by largely cutting down their time allocation to home production.

Keywords: Labour market policies; paid employment; home production; women; panel data; Japan (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 35 pages
Date: 2020-07
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
https://dp.ashoka.edu.in/ash/wpaper/paper33.pdf (application/pdf)

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: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:ash:wpaper:33

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in Working Papers from Ashoka University, Department of Economics
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Ashoka University ().

 
Page updated 2021-03-28
Handle: RePEc:ash:wpaper:33