Female Labour Force Participation in MENA's Manufacturing Sector: The Implications of Firm-Related and National Factors

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Ali Fakih

Lebanese American University

Pascal Ghazalian

University of Lethbridge - Department of Economics

Date Written: December 20, 2013

Abstract

This paper examines the implications of firm-related and national factors for Female Labour Force Participation (FLFP) rates in manufacturing firms located in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The empirical investigation uses data derived from the World Bank’s Enterprise Surveys database and applies fractional logit models to carry out the estimations. The results reveal positive implications of many firm-related factors, mainly private foreign ownership and exporting activities, for FLFP rates. National factors, such as economic development and gender equality, are also found to promote FLFP rates. These effects are generally found to be more important for women’s overall labour participation rates than for women’s non-production labour participation rates.

Keywords: Female labour force participation, fractional logit model, manufacturing firms, MENA region

JEL Classification: J16, J21, J23, J82

Suggested Citation

Fakih, Ali and Ghazalian, Pascal, Female Labour Force Participation in MENA's Manufacturing Sector: The Implications of Firm-Related and National Factors (December 20, 2013). CIRANO - Scientific Publication No. 2013s-46. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2370441 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2370441

Ali Fakih

Lebanese American University ( email )

P.O.Box 36
Chouran-Beirut 1102 2801
Byblos
Lebanon

Pascal Ghazalian (Contact Author)

University of Lethbridge - Department of Economics ( email )

4401 University Drive
T1K 3M4 Lethbridge, A.B.
Canada

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