Dutch Disease in the Labor Market: Women, Services, and Industrialization

Posted: 21 Dec 2008

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Van H. Pham

Baylor University - Department of Economics

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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.

Keywords: Dutch Disease, Industrialization, Women's Employment, Multiple Equilibria

JEL Classification: O10, O12, O14

Suggested Citation

Pham, Van H., Dutch Disease in the Labor Market: Women, Services, and Industrialization. Review of Development Economics, 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1318690

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