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

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  • Fakih, Ali

    () (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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  • Fakih, Ali & Marrouch, Walid, 2012. "Determinants of Domestic Workers' Employment: Evidence from Lebanese Household Survey Data," IZA Discussion Papers 6822, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  • Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp6822
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    1. Who hires foreign domestic workers? Evidence from Lebanon
      by pmakdissi in NEP-ARA blog on 2014-05-05 19:59:14

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    1. Cecilia Garavito, 2016. "Demanda de trabajo del hogar remunerado en el Perú," Documentos de Trabajo / Working Papers 2016-430, Departamento de Economía - Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.

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    Keywords

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

    JEL classification:

    • D13 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Production and Intrahouse Allocation
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • J23 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Demand
    • J49 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Other

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