Albertus, Michael and Gay, Victor (2019) No better time than now: Future Uncertainty and Private Investment Under Dictatorship. Economics & Politics, vol. 31 (n° 1). pp. 71-96.

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This paper explores pathways that underlie the diffusion of women’s participation in the labor force across generations. I leverage a severe exogenous shock to the sex ratio, World War I in France, which generated an upward shift in female labor force participation after the war. This shock to female labor transmitted to subsequent generations until today. Three mechanisms of intergenerational transmission account for this result—vertical (from parents to daughters), through marriage (from mothers-in-law to daughters-in-law), and oblique (from internal migrants to non-migrants). Beyond behavior, the war also altered beliefs toward the role of women in the labor force permanently

Item Type: Article
Sub-title: Future Uncertainty and Private Investment Under Dictatorship
Language: English
Date: March 2019
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Authoritarianism, Political elites, Uncertainty, Investment, Comparative politics, Game theory
JEL Classification: D8 - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty
F21 - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
P16 - Political Economy
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2020 13:50
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 13:05
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