Labor force participation of married women in Punjab (Pakistan)

Labor force participation of married women in Punjab (Pakistan) Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to highlight the factors that influence the decision of married women (in the age group of 16‐60 years) to participate in labor force activities. Design/methodology/approach – This is an empirical study employing the non‐linear maximum likelihood probability (probit) function on primary data (3,911 observations). Findings – Besides other variables it has been observed that poverty remains an important determinant of female labor participation. Research limitations/implications – On the basis of this paper, a socio‐economic policy can be formulated for a developing country like Pakistan. Practical implications – A development policy (especially considering the gender aspects) can be formulated on the basis of this research for the enhancement of human resource development for a developing and an orthodox economy like Pakistan. Originality/value – This paper is beneficial to researchers, policy makers, and social scientists for the enhancement of the level of social welfare and equity through its findings. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Social Economics Emerald Publishing

Labor force participation of married women in Punjab (Pakistan)

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2010 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0306-8293
DOI
10.1108/03068291011060643
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to highlight the factors that influence the decision of married women (in the age group of 16‐60 years) to participate in labor force activities. Design/methodology/approach – This is an empirical study employing the non‐linear maximum likelihood probability (probit) function on primary data (3,911 observations). Findings – Besides other variables it has been observed that poverty remains an important determinant of female labor participation. Research limitations/implications – On the basis of this paper, a socio‐economic policy can be formulated for a developing country like Pakistan. Practical implications – A development policy (especially considering the gender aspects) can be formulated on the basis of this research for the enhancement of human resource development for a developing and an orthodox economy like Pakistan. Originality/value – This paper is beneficial to researchers, policy makers, and social scientists for the enhancement of the level of social welfare and equity through its findings.

Journal

International Journal of Social EconomicsEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 6, 2010

Keywords: Women workers; Employment; Poverty; Pakistan; Developing countries

References

  • Does female income share influence household expenditures
    Haddad, L.; Haddinott, J.
  • Marriage among the urban poor of Dhaka: instability and uncertainty
    Jesmin, S.; Salway, S.
  • Duality of female employment in Pakistan
    Kazi, S.; Raza, B.
  • Poverty and expenditure pattern of households in Pakistan and South Africa: a comparative study
    Ray, R.

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