Female Labour Supply and intergenerational preference formation: Evidence for Mexico
Raymundo Campos-Vazquez and
Roberto Velez Grajales
MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany
Using a national representative sample for Mexico, we analyse the effect of a husband having a working mother on the probability that he has a working wife. Our results show that labour force participation by a husband’s mother increases the probability of the labour force participation of his wife by 15 percentage points. The effect is mainly driven by males with less than a high school education. One possible confounding factor is the effect of labour force participation of the wife’s mother on the wife’s labour participation decision. However, in a different sample, we do not find any effect of work force participation of wives’ mothers on wives’ decisions to join the labour force. Finally, we test the effect of the work force participation of a husband’s mother on the husband’s preferences regarding child-rearing practices. We find that having a working mother strongly reduces the probability that daughters will be tasked to care for siblings and fosters preferences for a more egalitarian allocation of educational resources among children. Hence, promoting female labour force participation can have important dynamic implications, especially for developing countries.
Keywords: Female Labour Supply; Family; Preferences; Social Norms; Role Models (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D10 J12 J16 J22 O54 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dem, nep-dev, nep-lab and nep-lma
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
https://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/48282/1/MPRA_paper_48282.pdf original version (application/pdf)
Journal Article: Female Labour Supply and Intergenerational Preference Formation: Evidence for Mexico (2014)
Working Paper: Female labour supply and intergenerational preference formation: Evidence for Mexico (2013)
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:pra:mprapa:48282
Access Statistics for this paper
More papers in MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany Ludwigstraße 33, D-80539 Munich, Germany. Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Joachim Winter ().