2004
Volume 24, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0169-2216
  • E-ISSN: 2468-9424

Abstract

Choice or impediment? The labour participation of women

Choice or impediment? The labour participation of women

This article researches the influence of individual preferences on women's labour market behaviour in the Netherlands, Germany and the United Kingdom, addressing the question, to what extent do individual preferences have a causal effect on women's average weekly working hours? Using longitudinal panel data from all three countries, a fixed-effects model is applied to measure the effect of preferences in year t-1 on women's average weekly working hours in year t. The data are pooled from 1992 to 2002. After controlling for a number of individual, household and job characteristics we see that individual preferences are most influential in the Netherlands. However, the data do not support the idea that choice is more important than constraint because individual, household and job characteristics remain visible, even in the Netherlands. The results also demonstrate that it is important to understand individual preferences within the institutional context. Therefore, within the policy debate on increasing women's labour market participation we must consider possible barriers that hinder women when making labour market 'choices'.

Loading

Article metrics loading...

/content/journals/10.5117/2008.024.002.007
2008-06-01
2021-11-29
Loading full text...

Full text loading...

http://instance.metastore.ingenta.com/content/journals/10.5117/2008.024.002.007
Loading
This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error