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Archive:Marriages and births in the Netherlands
Archive:Marriages and births in the Netherlands - Statistics Explained
Why married women's labor supply in the Netherlands has increased. N2 - On the basis of cross-section data sets for and we determine: 1 the relative contribution of changes in participation and in hours of work to the increase in married women's labor supply; 2 how much of the change in participation and hours of work is determined by changes in preferences and in budget constraints; and 3 the causes of changes in market wages and reservation wages. The increase in the average unconditional hours of work is much more due to the rise in the participation rate than to the increase in conditional hours of work. Preference changes have contributed positively to the increase in married women's labor force participation over the period , whereas changes in market opportunities have contributed negatively.
Why married women's labor supply in the Netherlands has increased
Marital captivity, which describes a situation in which one or both spouses are not able to terminate a religious marriage and thereby is forced to remain married against her or his will, is an issue that has been receiving national and international attention. Women are predominantly affected by a situation of marital captivity. This is because in some religions men can, for example, set aside their wives or have multiple wives. Women can only obtain a divorce if their husband or the religious authorities agree to the divorce.
In the Netherlands partners can choose from two different forms of living arrangement that are regulated by law: they can marry or enter into a registered partnership. It is also possible to sign a cohabitation agreement, and of course to live together without signing any formal agreement. Certain matters relating to marriage are regulated by law. Parents and children, grandparents and grandchildren, and brothers and sisters are forbidden to marry in the Netherlands, although a dispensation may be granted if the partners are adopted siblings.