The Impact of Female Life-cycle Time-allocation Decisions on Income Distribution Among Families
Female time allocation patterns have dramatically changed in the past decades, as more and more women have chosen to participate in the labour force. Perhaps this has been one of the most significant phenomena the American economy has experienced during this period. Although many studies have been directed toward understanding the determinants of female allocation of time, much remains unknown about its effects. This paper focuses on one important effect: the impact of married women’s time-allocation decisions over the life cycle on the inequality of the income distribution across households.
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