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Women, Work, and Culture

Raquel Fernandez

NBER Working Paper No. 12888
Issued in February 2007
NBER Program(s):   EFG   LS

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.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w12888

Published: Fernandez, Raquel. “Women, Work, and Culture." Journal of the European Economic Association 5, 2-3 (2007): 305-332.

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