An empirical analysis of women’s working time, and an estimation of female labour supply in Italy


  • Maria Gabriella Campolo Università degli Studi di Messina
  • Antonino Di Pino Università degli Studi di Messina



Empirical studies show that misspecification of the married (or cohabiting) women’s labour supply equation may produce inefficient wage-elasticity estimates. In order to reduce the variability of these estimates, we suggest a new approach based on instrumental variables given by the economic value of the domestic unpaid-work of women. Using Italian micro-data on time use (ISTAT Survey on Time Use), and applying both a parametric and a semiparametric procedure, we estimate robust wage-elasticity coefficients of married women’s labour supply. Our results suggest that women’s labour supply is negatively influenced by the indirect cost of their informal activity of childcare and domestic work.


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How to Cite

Campolo, M. G., & Di Pino, A. (2012). An empirical analysis of women’s working time, and an estimation of female labour supply in Italy. Statistica, 72(2), 173–193.