Women, Work, and Culture

39 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2007 Last revised: 21 Mar 2021

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Raquel Fernández

New York University - Leonard N. Stern School of Business, Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Date Written: February 2007

Abstract

This paper discusses some recent advances in the area of culture and economics and examines the effect of culture on a key economic outcome: female labor supply. To separate the effect of market variables and institutions from culture, I use an epidemiological approach, studying second-generation American women. I use both female LFP and attitudes in the women's country of ancestry as cultural proxies and show that both cultural proxies have quantitatively significant effects on women's work outcomes. The paper concludes with some suggestions for future empirical and theoretical research topics in this area.

Suggested Citation

Fernández, Raquel, Women, Work, and Culture (February 2007). NBER Working Paper No. w12888, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=961809

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