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

James P. Vere
The University of Hong Kong

Grace Wong
Princeton University

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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