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Economic cycle and deceleration of female labor force participation in Latin America

Joaquín Serrano, Leonardo Gasparini, Mariana Marchionni and Pablo Gluzmann ()
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Leonardo Gasparini: Centro de Estudios Distributivos, Laborales y Sociales (CEDLAS), IIE-FCE, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, and CONICET

Journal for Labour Market Research, 2019, vol. 53, issue 1, 1-21

Abstract: Abstract We study the behavior of female labor force participation (LFP) over the business cycle by estimating fixed effects models at the country and population-group level, using data from harmonized national household surveys of 18 Latin American countries in the period 1987–2014. We find that female LFP follows a countercyclical pattern—especially in the case of married, with children and vulnerable women—which suggests the existence of an inverse added-worker effect. We argue that this factor may have contributed to the deceleration in female labor supply in Latin America that took place in the 2000s, a decade of unusual high economic growth.

Keywords: Economic cycle; Female labor force participation; Latin America (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J22 J16 N3 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.1186/s12651-019-0263-2

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