Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1086/668675
Title: Outsourcing household production: Foreign domestic workers and native labor supply in Hong Kong
Authors: Cortés, P.
Pan, J. 
Issue Date: Apr-2013
Citation: Cortés, P., Pan, J. (2013-04). Outsourcing household production: Foreign domestic workers and native labor supply in Hong Kong. Journal of Labor Economics 31 (2) : 327-371. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1086/668675
Abstract: We explore how the availability of affordable live-in help provided by foreign domestic workers {eth}FDWs{Thorn} in Hong Kong affected native women's labor supply and welfare. First, we exploit differences in the FDW program between Hong Kong and Taiwan. Second, we use cross-sectional variation in the cost of a FDW to estimate a model of labor force participation and FDW hire. FDWs increased the participation of mothers with a young child {eth}relative to older children{Thorn} by 10-14 percentage points and have generated a monthly consumer surplus of US$130-US$200. By reducing child care costs through immigration, this is a market-based alternative to child care subsidies. © 2013 by The University of Chicago. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Journal of Labor Economics
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/124326
ISSN: 0734306X
DOI: 10.1086/668675
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