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Married women´s labor force participation in developing counties: The case of México


  • Joan B. Anderson

    (University of San Diego)

  • Denise Dimon

    (University of San Diego)


This study investigates the effect of cultural and structural features of Mexico on women's labor force determination. Our findings show that the major factors influencing married women's participation in the formal sector in Mexico are similar to those affecting married women's participation in industrialized countries. However, the study indicates that factors driving the decision Mexican women to work in the informal sector may be different from those driving decisions to work in the formal sector. An important result is that the reservation wage for married women appears to be higher in Mexico than in more industrialized countries.

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  • Joan B. Anderson & Denise Dimon, 1998. "Married women´s labor force participation in developing counties: The case of México," Estudios Económicos, El Colegio de México, Centro de Estudios Económicos, vol. 13(1), pages 3-34.
  • Handle: RePEc:emx:esteco:v:13:y:1998:i:1:p:3-34

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