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Oku-san: Traditional gender roles and its effect on the labour force participation among married women in Japan
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper examines the effect of having a traditional view on gender roles on theprobability of participating in the labour force among married women in Japan. The study is motivated by the hypothesis of a negative relationship between the two variables. Those supporting traditional gender roles are assumed to be surrounded by more people also supporting them, making the disutility received when deviating from the norm, i.e. by participating in the labour force, greater for them than for those not supporting traditional gender roles. The hypothesis is tested and confirmed using a linear probability model on data from the 2010 Japanese General Social Survey, consisting of 1441 married Japanese women. The findings are robust to controls for several factors affecting labour force participation of married women and their perception of traditional gender roles. As most control variables had the expected effect on labour force participation, this study also strengthens economic theories and previous studies on the determinants of female labour supply.

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2016.
Keyword [en]
Traditional gender roles, Social norms, Labour supply, Labour force participation, Married women, Japan
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-297197OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-297197DiVA: diva2:941130
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Available from: 2016-06-22 Created: 2016-06-22 Last updated: 2016-06-22Bibliographically approved

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