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Cyclicality of Hours Worked by Married Women and Spousal Insurance

Kathrin Ellieroth ()
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Kathrin Ellieroth: Indiana University

No 2017-009, CAEPR Working Papers from Center for Applied Economics and Policy Research, Department of Economics, Indiana University Bloomington

Abstract: I document that married women's hours worked are significantly less cyclical than hours worked by married men and singles and argue that spousal insurance contributes to the low cyclicality. Analyzing volatility, transition rates, and household behavior, I show that (i) married women experience the lowest cyclical volatility; (ii) their volatility depends more on pastthan current fluctuations of business cycle indicators; (iii) married women are less likely to become unemployed or leave the labor force during recessions, but not more likely to join the laborforce; and (iv) unemployment of the husband is associated with more hours worked by the wife, particularly during recessions.

JEL-codes: D13 E32 J12 J22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 39 pages
Date: 2017-08
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