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Female labour force participation and economic growth in the South Mediterranean countries

Stella Tsani (), Leonidas Paroussos (), Costas Fragiadakis, Ioannis Charalambidis and Pantelis Capros

Economics Letters, 2013, vol. 120, issue 2, 323-328

Abstract: We investigate the relationship between female labour force participation and economic growth in the South Mediterranean countries with a two-step methodology of econometric exercise and general equilibrium modelling. Econometric estimations on female labour participation confirm the U-shaped function and the presence of region-specific barriers. Estimations have been employed in a satellite manner to a general equilibrium model for the simulation of (i) changes in female labour force participation as a result of income developments and (ii) lowering of region-specific barriers to female labour force participation. The results suggest that while the first may lead to marginally lower economic growth, the second may have a considerable positive impact on growth.

Keywords: Female labour force participation rate; General equilibrium; South Mediterranean countries (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C1 J1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2013.04.043

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