DOI: 10.1002/app5.382 ISSN: 2050-2680

Housing demolition and labour force participation: A gender difference perspective

Mingzhi Hu, Yating Zhang
  • Strategy and Management
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)
  • Public Administration
  • Sociology and Political Science


Existing research suggests that housing demolition negatively affects labour supply through the wealth effect of the demolition compensation. However, there is limited research on the gender differences in the impact of housing demolition on labour force participation. This study investigates the effects of housing demolition on labour force participation, with a specific focus on the gender difference. Using data from the Chinese Family Panel Studies, this study reveals a significant decline in labour force participation resulting from housing demolition, primarily driven by females. Moreover, housing demolition exerts a stronger effect on the labour force participation of married women, who tend to take on more responsibilities for household chores, while its impact on married men is less evident. These findings offer valuable insights into the issue of labour shortage and underscore the importance of reducing the traditional gender‐based division of household labour.

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