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Female employment in MENA’s manufacturing sector: the implications of firm-related and national factors

Ali Fakih () and Pascal Ghazalian

Economic Change and Restructuring, 2015, vol. 48, issue 1, 37-69

Abstract: The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has realized significant advances toward improving women’s well-being and social status over the last few decades. However, women’s employment rate in the MENA region remains one of the lowest in the world. This paper examines the implications of firm-related and national factors for female employment in manufacturing firms located in the MENA region. The empirical analysis is implemented for firm-level data derived from the World Bank’s Enterprise Surveys database. It uses fractional logit and other econometric models to perform the estimations for female overall employment, female non-production employment, and female employment in managerial positions. The results reveal significant implications of firm-related factors, such as private foreign ownership, exporting activities, firm size, and labour composition, for female employment. They also show that national factors, such as economic development and gender equality, promote female employment. There are considerable differences in the estimated marginal effects across female employment categories. This paper provides policy-makers with directions to design strategies aiming at enhancing women’s economic opportunities and employment rates. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015

Keywords: Female employment; Fractional logit model; Manufacturing firms; MENA region; J16; J21; J23; J82 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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DOI: 10.1007/s10644-014-9155-1

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