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Education and Labour Market Participation of Women in Asia : Theory and Evidence

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  • Cameron, L
  • Dowling, J-M
  • Worswick, C

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The role of education in determining the labour force participation of women in Asia is analyzed both theoretically and empirically. A household bargaining model over the labour market participation of the wife is proposed based on the Generalised Nash Bargaining Solution. The effect of education has on the wife's participation in the labour market is shown to depend on the wife's preferences over participation. Household survey data from five Asian countries are used in estimation of a reduced from model of the wife's participation. The effect of education on the wife's participation varies significantly by country with participation less likely in countries with more traditional gender roles.

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  • Cameron, L & Dowling, J-M & Worswick, C, 1997. "Education and Labour Market Participation of Women in Asia : Theory and Evidence," Department of Economics - Working Papers Series 561, The University of Melbourne.
  • Handle: RePEc:mlb:wpaper:561
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    Keywords

    ASIA; WOMEN; LABOUR MARKET;

    JEL classification:

    • C78 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Bargaining Theory; Matching Theory
    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure

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