Female Labour Market Participation and Cultural Variables

27 Pages Posted: 27 Jul 2013

Date Written: June 21, 2013


This article offers a descriptive analysis of the relationship between cultural factors and female participation in the labour market. Using attitudinal variables from the World Value Survey, the correlation between female labour market participation and two aspects of culture (religion and attitudes towards working women) is analysed. The results indicate that where attitudes towards working women are less favourable, women engage less in paid working activities; when the frequency of attendance of religious services is higher there is less participation by women in the labour market.

Keywords: female laboure force participation, culture

JEL Classification: J16, Z13

Suggested Citation

Camussi, Silvia Annamaria, Female Labour Market Participation and Cultural Variables (June 21, 2013). Bank of Italy Occasional Paper No. 178, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2297874 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2297874

Silvia Annamaria Camussi (Contact Author)

Bank of Italy ( email )

Via Nazionale 91
Rome, 00184

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