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Female Labour Force Participation: The Enigma of the Interwar Period

Hatton, T (1986) Female Labour Force Participation: The Enigma of the Interwar Period. UNSPECIFIED. CEPR Discussion Papers.

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This paper focusses on female labour force participation during the interwar period. The various forces which would be expected to determine long-term trends in participation are outlined, raising the question of why the upward trend in participation did not become firmly established before the Second World War. Tests of a labour supply function for females on data from the 1931 census indicate that demographic and household structure variables perform as might have been expected but these are dominated by measures of occupational structure. Both time series and cross-section estimates provide no support for the notion that female participation during the interwar period was restricted by high unemployment.

Item Type: Monograph (UNSPECIFIED)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Discouraged Worker Effects; Female Labour Force Participation; Interwar Period; Labour Supply
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2012 11:56
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:17

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