Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/141481
Authors: 
Afridi, Farzana
Dinkelman, Taryn
Mahajan, Kanika
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9722
Abstract: 
Unlike the global trend, India has witnessed a secular decline in women's employment rates over the past few decades. We use parametric and semi-parametric decomposition techniques to show that changes in individual and household attributes fully account for the fall in women's labor force participation rate in 1987-1999 and account for half of the decline in this rate in 1999-2009. Our findings underscore increasing education levels amongst rural married women and the men in their households as the most prominent attributes contributing to this decline. We provide suggestive evidence that a rise in more educated women's returns to home production, relative to their returns in the labor market, may have adversely affected female labor force participation rates in India.
Subjects: 
female labor force participation
decomposition analysis
education
India
JEL: 
J21
J22
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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