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Married men with children may stop working when their wives emigrate to work: Evidence from Sri Lanka

Sarma, Vengadeshvaran and Parinduri, Rasyad (2014): Married men with children may stop working when their wives emigrate to work: Evidence from Sri Lanka.

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Abstract

We examine what happens to Sri Lankan men’s labour supply when their wives emigrate to work and leave the husbands and children at home—the effects of maternal migration on the husbands’ labour supply. Using sibling sex-composition of a household as an instrumental variable for the household’s number of children in three-stage least-square estimations, we find maternal migration reduces the husbands’ labour supply. The husbands are more likely to exit the labour market and become unemployed; the employed are less likely to moonlight and have lower wages; those that exit the labour market are more likely to become stay-at-home dads.

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