Thursday, September 19, 2019

27 September 2019: Women's labor force participation and household technology adoption

Tarun Jain
IIM Ahmedabad

Organised by
Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Delhi Center

We examine how women's employment leads to household technology adoption in the context of mid-century United States. We posit a non-monotonic relationship between women's education and household technology adoption, with middle education households purchasing appliances and high education households hiring domestic workers. Using WWII factories and draft rates as instruments for female labor demand, we find that a standard deviation increase in female labor force participation increases washing machine ownership by 0.413 standard deviations. Substitution of employed domestic labor with appliances is an important channel.

Date: September 27, 2019
Time: 11:30 A.M.

Seminar 2
Indian Statistical Institute Delhi Centre,
7, S. J. S. Sansanwal Marg,
New Delhi-110016 (INDIA)


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