Human Capital Investment and the Gender Division of Labor
AbstractWe use a model of human capital investment and activity choice to explain facts describing gender differentials in the levels and returns to human capital investments. These include the higher return to and level of schooling, the small effect of healthiness on wages, and the large effect of healthiness on schooling for females relative to males. The model incorporates gender differences in the level and responsiveness of brawn to nutrition in a Roy-economy setting in which activities reward skill and brawn differentially. Empirical evidence from rural Bangladesh provides support for the model and the importance of the distribution of brawn.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Economic Growth Center, Yale University in its series Working Papers with number 989.
Length: 55 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2010
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brawn; health; schooling; gender;
Find related papers by JEL classification:
- O1 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development
- J1 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics
- J2 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2010-09-25 (All new papers)
- NEP-DEV-2010-09-25 (Development)
- NEP-EDU-2010-09-25 (Education)
- NEP-HRM-2010-09-25 (Human Capital & Human Resource Management)
- NEP-LAB-2010-09-25 (Labour Economics)
- NEP-LTV-2010-09-25 (Unemployment, Inequality & Poverty)
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