Title: Women's Labor Force Participation and Occupational Choice in Taiwan
Reference Number: 1043
Publication Date: August 2002
Author(s):

James P. Vere
The University of Hong Kong

Grace Wong
Princeton University

Abstract:
This paper studies the effects of changes in occupational composition to changes in the overall female labor force participation rate in Taiwan. Using the Taiwanese KAP-IV and KAP-VI fertility surveys and the Taiwanese Panel Survey of Family Dynamics, the authors estimate a linear probability model of women?s labor force participation given time since marriage and initial occupation. There is a higher probability of participation after marriage for women in white-collar occupations than for those in blue-collar occupations. The former are also more likely to remain in the labor force in the presence of young children. Changes in occupational structure account for 30% of the observed increase in the female labor force participation rate from 1979 to 1998. This supports the hypothesis that changes in occupational structure during economic development play a significant part in determining overall female labor force participation.

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