Essays on the labor market supply behavior of young women

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This thesis consists of three essays on interrelated topics concerning the labor force activity of young women. Data used through out the study is drawn from the National Longitudinal Survey (NLS) of young women aged 14 through 24 in 1968. The first essay posits a theoretical model of labor supply and attempts an estimation of the labor supply function of young women aged 14-24. The second essay, using an altered version of the first essay's theoretical model, analyzes the labor supply function of young, married women aged 21-31, i.e., during important family formation years. Finally, the third essay seeks to determine the factors which influence educational and occupational status aspirations and attainment and to determine the variables which translate these status goals into reality using the longitudinal data available. Throughout the essays, special attention is given to response differences of white and black women and the impact of children and family status on the labor force variables estimated.

Women, Employment, Labor supply, African Americans