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The Opt-Out Revolution: Recent Trends in Female Labor Supply

By Heather Antecol

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Using data from the U.S. Census in conjunction with data from the Current Population Survey (1980–2009), I find little support for the opt-out revolution – highly educated women, relative to their less-educated counterparts, are exiting the labor force to care for their families at higher rates today than in earlier time periods – if one focuses solely on the decision to work a positive number of hours irrespective of marital status or race. If one, however, focuses on both the decision to work a positive number of hours and the decision to adjust annual hours of work (conditional on working), I find some evidence of the opt-out revolution, particularly among white college educated married women in male-dominated occupations

Topics: Labor supply, Opt-out revolution, Economics, Labor Economics, Social and Behavioral Sciences
Publisher: 'Emerald'
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1108/S0147-9121(2011)0000033005
OAI identifier: oai:scholarship.claremont.edu:cmc_fac_pub-1308
Provided by: Scholarship@Claremont
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