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Determinants of Domestic Workers' Employment: Evidence from Lebanese Household Survey Data

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  • Fakih, Ali

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    (Lebanese American University)

  • Marrouch, Walid

    ()
    (Lebanese American University)

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This paper provides new evidence on the determinants of domestic workers' employment using a unique micro-level dataset on Lebanese households drawn from the National Household Budget Survey (2005) conducted by Central Administration of Statistics (CAS). Controlling for household, household head, dwelling, and regional characteristics, we find that the probability of hiring a domestic worker is significantly higher for larger households, female headed households, larger dwellings, and increases with aggregate household consumption. Furthermore, regional differences are found to be highly significant where households located outside the capital city are less likely to retain a domestic worker. These insights can be potentially useful for policymakers in their effort to regulate the industry revolving around domestic work.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 6822.

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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2012
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Publication status: published as 'Who hires foreign domestic workers? Evidence from Lebanon' in: Journal of Developing Areas, 2014, 48 (3), 339-352
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp6822

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Keywords: household level data; domestic workers' employment; demand for domestic work;

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    by pmakdissi in NEP-ARA blog on 2014-05-05 14:59:14

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