Journal Article

Engines of Liberation

Jeremy Greenwood, Ananth Seshadri and Mehmet Yorukoglu

in The Review of Economic Studies

Published on behalf of Review of Economic Studies Ltd

Volume 72, issue 1, pages 109-133
Published in print January 2005 | ISSN: 0034-6527
Published online January 2005 | e-ISSN: 1467-937X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/0034-6527.00326
Engines of Liberation

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Electricity was born at the dawn of the last century. Households were inundated with a flood of new consumer durables. What was the impact of this consumer durable goods revolution? It is argued here that the consumer goods revolution was conducive to liberating women from the home. To analyse this hypothesis, a Beckerian model of household production is developed. Households must decide whether or not to adopt the new technologies, and whether a married woman should work. Can such a model help to explain the rise in married female labour-force participation that occurred in the last century? Yes.

Keywords: D13; J16; J22; N31

Journal Article.  10528 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Demand and Supply of Labour ; Household Behaviour and Family Economics ; Demographic Economics ; Labour and Demographic Economics

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