Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/36220
Authors: 
Maimaiti, Yasheng
Siebert, William Stanley
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 4776
Abstract: 
We hypothesise that women's participation in wage (off-farm) work is reduced when their greater water needs due to the menstrual cycle are not met because their household has poor access to water. For testing, we use the data from rural villages in China. Controlling for village fixed effects, poor access to water is found to decrease the probability of wage work participation of affected (pre-menopause) women by about 10 percentage points, a large effect. As expected, there is no adverse causal impact of poor household access to water for women post-menopause, or for men, ceteris paribus.
Subjects: 
Wage work
women
menopause
water engineering
rural development
China
JEL: 
J16
J21
O15
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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