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NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Nature or Nurture? Learning and the Geography of Female Labor Force Participation

Alessandra Fogli, Laura Veldkamp

NBER Working Paper No. 14097
Issued in June 2008

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We thank seminar participants at Chicago GSB, Wisconsin Madison, Minneapolis Federal Reserve, Princeton, European University in Florence, University of Southern California, New York University, Boston University, Bocconi, Pompeu Fabra, Ente Einaudi, Boston Federal Reserve and Harvard University and conference participants at 2008 AEA, SITE, the 2007 NBER Summer Institute, the SED conference, LAEF Households, Gender and Fertility conference, the NBER group on Macroeconomics across Time and Space, Midwest Macro Meetings, the NY/Philadelphia Workshop on Quantitative Macro, IZA/SOLE and Ammersee. We especially thank Stefania Marcassa for excellent research assistance and Stefania Albanesi, Roland Benabou, Raquel Bernal, Jason Faberman, Jeremy Greenwood, Luigi Guiso, Larry Jones, Patrick Kehoe, Narayana Kocherlakota, Ellen McGrattan and Fabrizio Perri for comments and suggestions. Laura Veldkamp thanks Princeton University for their hospitality and financial support through the Kenen fellowship. The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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