Empowering women in conservative settings: evidence from an intervention in rural Egypt
Soiliou Daw Namoro and
Rania Roushdy ()
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Ahmed Elsayed: IZA
Soiliou Daw Namoro: The Postal Regulatory Commission
Rania Roushdy: The American University in Cairo
Review of Economics of the Household, 2022, vol. 20, issue 4, No 8, 1287-1322
Abstract We evaluate the impact of a large-scale intervention in the conservative setting of rural Egypt which attempts to relax human capital constraints for women by offering vocational, business and life skills training across 30 villages in the south of the country. Relative to women in the control villages, the intervention increased women’s labor force participation and their likelihood to engage in self-employment and formal wage employment. Moreover, business knowledge and future business aspirations increased for treated women. We find positive spillover effects within treated villages for the intentions to set up businesses but no similar effects on actual labor market outcomes.
Keywords: Empowerment of women; Field intervention; Egypt (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I25 J24 O12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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