Women's labor force participation and marriage : the case of Korea

Lee, Bun Song, Jang, Soomyung, & Sarkar, Jayanta (2008) Women's labor force participation and marriage : the case of Korea. Journal of Asian Economics, 19(2), pp. 138-154.

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In this paper, we examine the relationship between marital status and female labor force participation in Korea, and argue that marriage remains a major obstacle to young Korean women's employment. We find that an average married woman is much less likely (by 40–60%) to participate in the labor force than a single woman in urban Korea. Further investigation into the participation patterns among married women reveals that labor force participation rate (LFPR) varies with husband's occupation and her own age. Lower LFPR among the young married women is explained by demand-side factors, while relatively higher LFPR among the middle-aged married women is mostly explained by the supply-side factors.

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ID Code: 44782
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Women's labor force participation, Marriage, Childbearing, Demand factors, Supply factors
DOI: 10.1016/j.asieco.2007.12.012
ISSN: 1049-0078
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ECONOMICS (140000) > OTHER ECONOMICS (149900)
Deposited On: 24 Aug 2011 22:14
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2012 03:13

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