How Do Maternity Leave and Discriminatory Social Norms Relate to Womenâ€™s Employment in Developing Countries?
Camila Mejia and
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Increasing womenâ€™s participation in paid employment is a fundamental step towards womenâ€™s economic empowerment and improving development outcomes. The benefits of increasing womenâ€™s labour force participation extend well beyond improving the economic status of women themselves. Gender inequality in labour force participation has a significantly negative impact on economic growth (Klasen and Lamanna, 2009) and conversely, increasing womenâ€™s labour force participation is a driver of economic growth. Therefore, understanding the determinants of womenâ€™s employment outcomes, and in particular female labour force participation is, important not only to tackle persistent gender gaps but also to enhance economic growth and accelerate progress on development goals (OECD, 2012).
Keywords: women; employment; economic empowerment; development outcome; women's labour force; economic status; labour force participation; gender inequality; economic growth (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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