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Social Norms as a Barrier to Women's Employment in Developing Countries

Seema Jayachandran

NBER Working Paper No. 27449
Issued in June 2020
NBER Program(s):Children, Development Economics, Labor Studies

This article discusses cultural barriers to women's participation and success in the labor market in developing countries. I begin by describing how gender norms influence the relationship between economic development and female employment, as well as how gender norms vary substantially across societies at the same level of economic development. I then examine several specific gender-related social norms and how they constrain women's employment. I present examples of policies aimed at dismantling these cultural barriers to female employment and the impacts they have.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w27449

 
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