Globalisation and Female Economic Participation in Sub-Saharan Africa

Forthcoming, Gender Issues. DOI: 10.1007/s12147-019-09233-3.

33 Pages Posted: 7 May 2019

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Simplice Asongu

African Governance and Development Institute

Uchenna Efobi

Covenant University

Belmondo Tanankem

Ministry of Economy, Planning and Regional Development - Department of Analysis and Economic Policies

Evans Stephen Osabuohien

Covenant University; Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) - German Development Institute (DIE)

Date Written: January 2019

Abstract

This study assesses the relationship between globalisation and the economic participation of women (EPW) in 47 Sub-Saharan African countries for the period 1990-2013. EPW is measured with the female labour force participation and employment rates. The empirical evidence is based on Panel-corrected Standard Errors and Fixed Effects regressions. The findings show that the positive effect of the overall globalisation index on EPW is dampened by its political component and driven by its economic and social components, with a higher positive magnitude from the former or economic globalisation. For the most part, the findings are robust to the control for several structural and institutional characteristics. An extended analysis by unbundling globalisation shows that the positive incidence of social globalisation is driven by information flow (compared to personal contact and cultural proximity) while the positive effect of economic globalisation is driven by actual flows (relative to restrictions). Policy implications are discussed with some emphasis on how to elevate women’s social status and potentially reduce their victimisation to male dominance.

Keywords: globalisation; female; gender; inequality; inclusive development; labour force participation; Africa

JEL Classification: E60; F40; F59; D60; O55

Suggested Citation

Asongu, Simplice and Efobi, Uchenna and Tanankem, Belmondo and Osabuohien, Evans Stephen, Globalisation and Female Economic Participation in Sub-Saharan Africa (January 2019). Forthcoming, Gender Issues. DOI: 10.1007/s12147-019-09233-3.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3372016 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3372016

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Belmondo Tanankem

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