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The Influence of a wife’s working status on her husband’s accumulation of human capital

Yukichi Mano () and Eiji Yamamura

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: Japanese household-level data describing a husband's earnings, his wife's working status, and their schooling levels are used to test the implications of a model proposing a time-consuming process of human capital accumulation within marriages, in which an educated wife is more productive. The empirical results support the model’s predictions: in particular (i) a non-working wife's schooling has a greater positive effect on her husband's earnings than a working wife’s schooling; and (ii) the effect of a non-working wife's schooling increases with the length of marriage, whereas the effect of a working wife’s schooling does not change over the course of marriage.

Keywords: Human capital; wife's working status (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D13 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012-03-05
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