Engines of liberation

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Greenwood, Jeremy and Seshadri, Ananth and Yörükoğlu, Mehmet (2005) Engines of liberation. The Review of economic studies, 72 (1). pp. 109-133. ISSN 0034-6527

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/0034-6527.00326


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.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
ID Code:277
Deposited By:Mehmet Yörükoğlu
Deposited On:05 Sep 2005 03:00
Last Modified:17 Sep 2019 15:07

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