Female Labor Force Participation in Developing Countries

  • Citation: Verick, Sher. “Female Labor Force Participation in Developing Countries.” IZA World of Labor 87 (2014).
    • Topics:
    • Business and Trade
    • Keywords:
    • female labor force participation
    • developing countries
    • education
    • gender gap

While women’s labor force participation tends to increase with economic development, the relationship is not straightforward or consistent at the country level. There is considerably more variation across developing countries in labor force participation by women than by men. This variation is driven by a wide variety of economic and social factors, which include economic growth, education, and social norms. Looking more broadly at improving women’s access to quality employment, a critical policy area is enhancing women’s educational attainment beyond secondary schooling.

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