Working Papers, Department of Economics, Aarhus School of Business, University of Aarhus
Nielsen Helena Skyt and Mette Verner
Why are Well-educated Women not Full-timers?
Abstract: A high proportion of well-educated women in Denmark
chooses to work part-time or completely stay outside the labour market. We
analyse this phenomenon in a discrete choice dynamic programming framework,
taking the potentially endogenous effect of work experience on annual
earnings into account. The main findings are that the disutility of
full-time work increases with obtained work experience and education. Only
the level of returns to these variables serves to outweigh this effect, and
results in a high degree of persistence in the full-time participation
pattern. Simulation reveals that the participation pattern is significantly
affected by changing returns to skills.
Keywords: High-educated women; labour force participation; disutility of work; discrete choice; dynamic programming; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: D10; D91; (follow links to similar papers)
30 pages, August 1, 2003
Published in Danish Journal of Economics, vol. 144(1), pp43-74, 2006
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