Less Responsive Now? Labor Supply Behavior of Married Norwegian Women: 1995-2015

Andreas Haga Raavand, OFS scholarship recipient 2016


I investigate married women’s labor supply in Norway from 1995 to 2015, by adopting the methodological approach of Blau and Kahn (2007). We know that married females have substantially increased their labor supply over this period, but is this followed by smaller wage responsiveness? Do the wage responsiveness of females converge towards that of males? I find that there has been a substantial decrease in the responsiveness of married women’s labor supply with respect to wage over the past two decades: their own wage elasticity fell by between 0.1 and 0.3 percentage points in the period. The labor supply behavior of married women has now moved relatively close to that of men.


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