Marriage, Fertility, and Labor Force Participation of Thai Women

An Econometric Study

by K. M. Maurer, R. Ratajczak, T. P. Schultz

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Estimates are obtained in this report of the relationships between several constraints on the environment within which households function in Thailand and three related forms of "family" behavior: the proportion of women currently married, the average number of children born per woman, and the proportion of women in the nonagricultural labor force. Economic and demographic logic is used to specify the direct determinants of these three interrelated patterns of household decisionmaking, including education, wages, unemployment rates, and past migration. Aggregate data from the 1960 Census are used to estimate the parameters of the postulated model. Both structural and reduced form equations are estimated for each of six age groups from ages 14 to 44, using appropriate simultaneous equations techniques.

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