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Sectoral Changes And The Increase In Women's Labor Force Participation, Rahşan Akbulut Apr 2011

Sectoral Changes And The Increase In Women's Labor Force Participation, Rahşan Akbulut

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Throughout the second half of the 20th century, women in the United States decided to move increasingly into the labor market. This paper investigates the growth of the service sector as an explanation for the increase in women's employment. It develops an economic model that can account for the increase in women's employment and the growth of the service sector at the same time. A growth model with two sectors and a home production technology is constructed in order to quantitatively assess the contribution of sectoral productivity differences to the change in women's employment decision. The sectoral ...


Essays On The Macroeconomics Of Labor Markets, Sergiy Stetsenko May 2010

Essays On The Macroeconomics Of Labor Markets, Sergiy Stetsenko

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This dissertation consists of two essays studying macroeconomics questions about labor markets. The research in this document is separated into chapters that study distinct features of aggregate labor market outcomes.

The first essay documents the change in behavior of fertility rate at business cycle frequencies in the United States between the 1970s and 1990s and shows how the cyclical and secular properties of fertility can be used to distinguish among several proposed theories that account for the rise in labor force participation of married mothers. The model, in which households make fertility, female labor force participation and asset accumulation decisions ...