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Juggling Work and Family: Gender Differences in Response to China's Workweek Reduction

Office of Alumni and External Relations    2021-10-21

Subject:Juggling Work and Family: Gender Differences in Response to China's Workweek Reduction

Guest: Ang Sun,  Economics at School of Economics and Finance, Renmin University of China 

Host: Shiqi Guo, Assistant Professor, Antai

Time: Wednesday, Oct 27, 2021, 14:30-16:00

Venue: Tecent Meeting (Please send email to finance@acem.sjtu.edu.cn for meeting number and password)


Abstract:

China implemented its workweek reduction policy in 1995, shortening work days from 6 to 5 per week without reducing wage payment. Exploiting a Difference-In-Differences strategy, we find that both men and women decreased their labor supply. This workday reduction caused an immediate improvement in women’s health status by alleviating sleep deprivation and decreasing work-related injuries. At the same time, we find that women became more leaning in toward the family while men tended to exploit such free time to acquire more education and earn an advantage in the labor market.

Bio:

Ang Sun is a professor in economics at School of Economics and Finance, Renmin University of China. Her research interests encompass development economics, labor economics, demography and aging. She graduates from Department of Economics of Brown University. She has published many top journals including Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Development Economics, Management Science, Demography, and《Financial Research》. She is currently the Associate Editor of the Journal of Development Economics.

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