Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/152399
Authors: 
Verme, Paolo
Year of Publication: 
2015
Citation: 
[Journal:] IZA Journal of Labor & Development [ISSN:] 2193-9020 [Volume:] 4 [Year:] 2015 [Issue:] 3 [Pages:] 1-21
Abstract: 
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is known for having low female labor market participation rates compared with its level of economic development. A possible explanation is that countries in this region do not follow a U-shape relation between female participation and GDP during the process of economic development as initially proposed by Goldin (Investment in Women's Human Capital and Economic Development 1995) and observed elsewhere. This paper tests the U-shape hypothesis for the MENA region and finds that the region has outperformed other world regions in terms of the main drivers of the hypothesis, but there is no clear evidence of a U-shape.
Subjects: 
Labor market
Participation models
Fertility
Economic transformation
Female education
JEL: 
F66
J13
J16
J21
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Creative Commons License: 
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Document Type: 
Article
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