Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/227341
Authors: 
Lassassi, Moundir
Tansel, Aysit
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers No. 13814
Abstract: 
This paper considers the female labor force participation (FLFP) behavior over the past decade in five MENA countries namely, Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Palestine and Tunisia. Low FLFP rates in these countries, as it is in other MENA countries, are well documented. We conduct synthetic panel analysis using age-period-cohort (APC) methodology and decompose FLFP rates into age, period and cohort effects. We present our results with Hanoch-Honig/Deaton-Paxson normalization and maximum entropy estimation approaches to the APC methodology in order to observe robustness of our results. We first study the aggregate FLFP and note the differentials in age, period and cohort effects across the countries we consider.The analysis is carried also out by rural/urban regional differentiation, marital status and educational attainment. Implications of our results for possible government policies to increase FLFP rates are discussed.
Subjects: 
female labor force participation
synthetic panel analysis
life-cycle profiles
period effects
cohort effects
MENA countries
JEL: 
C23
C25
D1
J21
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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