Dutch Disease in the Labor Market: Women, Services, and Industrialization
Van H. Pham
Baylor University - Department of Economics
March 1, 2008
Baylor University Working Paper
The light manufacturing export industries have been the gateway to sustained growth in many newly-industrializing countries. Women have played an important role in those industries. This paper presents a theory linking women's work and industrialization. The theory fits the observation that in low-growth developing countries, women mostly work in household services while in higher-growth developing countries, women work in manufacturing. In the model, the existence of a services equilibrium or an industrialization equilibrium, or multiple equilibria depends on an economy's endowment of land relative to labor.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 26
Keywords: Dutch disease, industrialization, women's employment, service industry, multiple equilibria
JEL Classification: O10, O12, O14working papers series
Date posted: January 4, 2005 ; Last revised: December 21, 2008
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