Transmission of preferences and beliefs about female labor market participation : direct evidence on the role of mothers

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dc.contributor.author Carro, Jesús M.
dc.contributor.author Machado, Matilde P.
dc.contributor.author Mora, Ricardo
dc.contributor.editor Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Departamento de Economía
dc.date.accessioned 2014-10-23T17:48:34Z
dc.date.available 2014-10-23T17:48:34Z
dc.date.issued 2014-10-01
dc.identifier.issn 2340-5031
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10016/19578
dc.description.abstract Recently, economists have established that culture—defined as a common set of preferences and beliefs —affects economic outcomes, including the levels of female labor force participation. Although this literature has argued that culture is transmitted from parents to children, it has also recognized the difficulty in empirically disentangling the parental transmission of preferences and/or beliefs from other confounding factors, such as technological change or investment in education. Using church registry data from the 18th and 19th centuries, our primary contribution is to interpret the effect of a mother’s labor participation status on that of her daughter as the mother-to-daughter transmission of preferences and/or beliefs that are isolated from confounding effects. Because our data are characterized by abundant non-ignorable missing information, we estimate the participation model and the missing process jointly by maximum likelihood. Our results reveal that the mother’s working status has a large and statistically significant positive effect on the daughter’s probability of working. These findings suggest that intergenerational family transmission of preferences and/or beliefs played a decisive role in the substantial increases in female labor force participation that occurred later.
dc.description.sponsorship We acknowledge the financial support of the Ramón Areces Foundation (2007), and the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation through Grants SEJ2007-66268 (Machado), ECO2009-11165 (Carro and Mora), ECO2010- 20504 (Machado), and ECO2012-31358 (Carro and Mora).
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartofseries UC3M Working Papers Economics
dc.relation.ispartofseries 14-21
dc.rights Atribución-NoComercial-SinDerivadas 3.0 España
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/es/
dc.subject.other Female labor market participation
dc.subject.other Intergenerational transmission of preferences and/or beliefs
dc.subject.other Historical family data,
dc.subject.other Church registry data
dc.subject.other Non-ignorable missingness
dc.subject.other Econometric methods for missing data
dc.title Transmission of preferences and beliefs about female labor market participation : direct evidence on the role of mothers
dc.type workingPaper
dc.subject.jel J22
dc.subject.jel J24
dc.subject.jel J16
dc.subject.jel J12
dc.rights.accessRights openAccess
dc.relation.projectID Gobierno de España. ECO2012-31358
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dc.identifier.uxxi DT/0000001286
dc.identifier.repec we1421
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