Inclusive Growth and Gender Inequality in Asia's Labor Markets

Posted: 22 Feb 2013

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Yana Rodgers

Rutgers University - Department of Women's and Gender Studies

Joseph E. Zveglich

Asian Development Bank; Harvard University

Date Written: December 2012

Abstract

This study examines gender inequality in labor markets in Asia and the Pacific, with a focus on the structural drivers of women’s labor force participation. Demographic survey data indicate that in Asia’s lower-income countries, economic necessity is an important push factor behind women’s employment. Also, being married and having young children both reduce the likelihood that a woman is employed. In a separate analysis for Taipei, China, this disincentive effect from young children on women’s employment has increased over time. These results point to the importance of policies that support women’s roles as caregivers while they are employed in market-based activities.

Suggested Citation

Rodgers, Yana and Zveglich, Joseph E., Inclusive Growth and Gender Inequality in Asia's Labor Markets (December 2012). Asian Development Bank Economics Working Paper Series No. 321. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2221760

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