How The 1978 Foreign Domestic Workers Law Increased The Labor Supply Of Singaporean Women


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In 1978, Singapore became the first country to introduce legislation allowing foreign domestic workers to work in the country under special visas. Although Singapore is often cited in the literature as a success story, no studies have quantified the impact of this legislation. In this paper, we use data derived from the Singapore Yearbook of Manpower Statistics between 1974 and 1985 to determine the influence of the 1978 legislation on the labor supply of Singaporean women. We find that the labor supply of women affected by this policy increased by between 3.1% and 6.2%.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1550075
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalSingapore Economic Review
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016
Externally publishedYes


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