Menstruation Hygiene Management and Work Attendance in a Developing Country

CEGE Discussion Papers, Number 364 – January 2019

24 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2019 Last revised: 7 Mar 2019

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Astrid Krenz

Durham University

Holger Strulik

University of Goettingen (Gottingen) - School of Law, Economics, Social Sciences

Date Written: January 9, 2019

Abstract

Women in developing countries face challenges in terms of managing their menstrual hygiene. Oftentimes they do not possess the right means nor materials nor have access to the right facilities. Using a newly released dataset for Burkina Faso and propensity score matching, we provide for the first time evidence of a strong causal impact of advanced menstrual hygiene management on work attendance. Access to advanced menstrual hygiene management materials (disposable sanitary pads) reduces work absenteeism of women by about 21 percentage points. When we stratify the sample by religious affiliation, we find the treatment effect to be insignificant for Christian women and strong and significant for Muslim women.

Keywords: Menstrual Hygiene Management, Work Attendance, Period Poverty, Propensity Score Matching, Gender Inequality

JEL Classification: D10, I12, I14, J16, O12

Suggested Citation

Krenz, Astrid and Strulik, Holger, Menstruation Hygiene Management and Work Attendance in a Developing Country (January 9, 2019). CEGE Discussion Papers, Number 364 – January 2019 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3312788

Astrid Krenz (Contact Author)

Durham University ( email )

Durham, DH1 3HY
United Kingdom

Holger Strulik

University of Goettingen (Gottingen) - School of Law, Economics, Social Sciences ( email )

Germany

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