Why do women feel the way they do about market work: The role of familial, social and economic factors

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  • Various empirical studies find evidence of that women tend to under-estimate the probability that they will work in the market in the future. This can lead to initial under-investment in market human capital and resulting earnings penalties later in life. However, virtually no study investigates the familial, social and economic factors that cause women to plan/expect not to work. Thus the onus of "incorrect" plans is placed wholly on the women, and society absolved of any responsibilities in helping form those plans. This work uses data from the NLSYW and investigates the effects of a wide range of factors on women's future work plans. Results indicate that plans are definitely not formed in a vacuum, and that familial, social and economic circumstances all play a decisive role in shaping them. Some suggestions are made for policy formation to encourage women to plan on working in future.
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  • Sen B
  • Volume

  • 61
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  • 2