American Economic Review: Vol. 104 No. 1 (January 2014)


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Worktime Regulations and Spousal Labor Supply

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Goux, Dominique, Eric Maurin, and Barbara Petrongolo. 2014. "Worktime Regulations and Spousal Labor Supply." American Economic Review, 104(1): 252-76.

DOI: 10.1257/aer.104.1.252


We study interdependencies in spousal labor supply by exploiting the design of the French workweek reduction, which introduced exogenous variation in one's spouse's labor supply, at constant earnings. Treated employees work on average two hours less per week. Husbands of treated women respond by reducing their labor supply by about half an hour, consistent with substantial leisure complementarity, and specifically cut the nonusual component of their workweek, leaving usual hours unchanged. Women's response to their husband's treatment is instead weak and rarely statistically significant, possibly due to heavier constraints in the organization of their workweek.

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Goux, Dominique (CREST, Malakoff)
Maurin, Eric (Paris School of Economics)
Petrongolo, Barbara (Queen Mary, U London and CEP, London School of Economics and Political Science)

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J16: Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
J22: Time Allocation and Labor Supply
K31: Labor Law

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