Unbalanced Growth and Women's Homework

Univ. of Trento Economics Discussion Paper No. 2001-7

21 Pages Posted: 5 Nov 2001

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Maurizio Pugno

University of Cassino - Department of Economics and Law

Date Written: October 2001


This paper provides an explanation for five stylized facts concerning growth and structural change in the developed economies: (i) the rising share of service employment; (ii) the increase in the female employment rate; (iii) the deceleration of this increase while approaching the male employment rate; (iv) the rising share of female employment within the service sector; (v) the slight and uncertain rise in the share of service output. To this end the paper distinguishes between market services and women's homework, and studies the effects of technical progress on the externalization of home services, which takes place through the interaction between demand for market services and supply of female labor. Baumol's (1967) result that aggregate labor growth declines in a service dominated economy is challenged when homework is considered. Finally, a policy to increase the overall employment rate by subsidizing market services appears to be effective, and can be welfare improving, even if financed by an income tax. service employment, Baumol

Keywords: unbalanced growth, homework, female participation,

JEL Classification: D13, J21, J22, O41

Suggested Citation

Pugno, Maurizio, Unbalanced Growth and Women's Homework (October 2001). Univ. of Trento Economics Discussion Paper No. 2001-7, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=289113 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.289113

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