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Married men with children may stop working when their wives emigrate to work: Evidence from Sri Lanka

Vengadeshvaran Sarma () and Rasyad Parinduri ()

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Abstract: We examine what happens to Sri Lankan men’s labour supply when their wives emigrate to work and leave the husbands and children at home—the effects of maternal migration on the husbands’ labour supply. Using sibling sex-composition of a household as an instrumental variable for the household’s number of children in three-stage least-square estimations, we find maternal migration reduces the husbands’ labour supply. The husbands are more likely to exit the labour market and become unemployed; the employed are less likely to moonlight and have lower wages; those that exit the labour market are more likely to become stay-at-home dads.

Keywords: maternal migration; labour supply; South Asia; Sri Lanka (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F22 J22 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2014
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