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Left behind to farm ? women's labor re-allocation in rural China

  • Mu, Ren
  • van de Walle, Dominique

The transformation of work during China’s rapid economic development is associated with a substantial but little noticed re-allocation of traditional farm labor among women, with some doing much less and some much more. This paper studies how the work, time allocation, and health of non-migrant women are affected by the out-migration of others in their household. The analysis finds that the women left behind are doing more farm work than would have otherwise been the case. There is also evidence that this is a persistent effect, and not just temporary re-allocation. For some types of women (notably older women), the labor re-allocation response comes out of their leisure.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 5107.

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Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:5107
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