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Engendering Foreign Direct Investment: Family Structure, Labor Markets, and International Capital Mobility

Elissa Braunstein ()

Published Studies from Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Abstract: In this paper I develop a theoretical foundation for analyzing how gender roles in the household affect foreign direct investment in a developing country context. It is argued that the extent to which women and men share the costs of social reproduction at the household level is a central determinant of women’s labor supply and the profitability of investment. I combine a model of family structure with a structuralist macromodel to investigate the effects of various public policies on women’s wages and employment. A major goal is to specify the constraints imposed by international capital mobility on the prospects for increased equality and living standards for women. Published in World Development, July 2000, 28(7): 1157-72.

Date: 2000
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