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Determinants of Labour Force Participation by Married Women: The Case of Jakarta


  • Diah Widarti


This study seeks to identify the determinants of female labour force participation (FLFP), by assessing the influence of a set of socio-demographic, economic and cultural factors on educational class differentials in the LFP of married women in Jakarta A J-shaped pattern of association between education and FLFP is prevalent in many developing countries: less educated women often show LFP rates close to those of well educated women, whereas moderately educated women have lower rates. The study concludes that education is a strong determinant of women's participation in the Jakarta labour force. The J-shaped pattern of association between education and FLFP persisted after standdrdisatton by age, although it was less marked than the literature suggests Few variables were consistently significant for all educational classes, with a different mix of variables influencing FLFP in each group Children below five living at home, however, had a significant negative association with FLFP in all educational classes.

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  • Diah Widarti, 1998. "Determinants of Labour Force Participation by Married Women: The Case of Jakarta," Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 34(2), pages 93-120.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:bindes:v:34:y:1998:i:2:p:93-120
    DOI: 10.1080/00074919812331337350

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    1. Hendytio, Medelina K. & Moelyarto, Vidhyandika. & Gaduh, Arya B. & Feridhanuisetyawan, Tubagus., 1999. "Indonesia : a gender review of globalization, legislation, policies and institutional frameworks," ILO Working Papers 993402273402676, International Labour Organization.
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