Determinants of women's non-family work in Ghana and Zimbabwe

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Determinants of women's non-family work in Ghana and Zimbabwe

Show simple item record Benefo, Kofi en_US Pillai, Vijayan K. en_US 2012-05-03T17:31:12Z en_US 2012-05-03T17:31:12Z en_US 2003 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Published in Canadian Studies in Population 30(2):389-406, 2003 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0380-1489 en_US
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dc.description.abstract One objective of this paper is to evaluate the determinants of female non-family work in Africa. Selected labor force participation theories are tested using demographic and health survey data. The traditional kinship-oriented family organization in Africa, along with high fertility, have long been seen as factors that constrain women’s participation in the labor force, particularly in seeking formal sector employment. We use demographic and health survey data from two African countries, Ghana and Zimbabwe. Education emerges as the most important determinant of non-family work. Even if female education levels increase, single women may not gain easy entry into the informal economy managed by kinshipbased social networks. A large proportion of these educated women may not find jobs if the formal economy does not expand. Results from Ghana and Zimbabwe are compared. en_US
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dc.publisher Canadian Population Society en_US
dc.subject female non-family work en_US
dc.subject Africa en_US
dc.subject Ghana en_US
dc.subject Zimbabwe en_US
dc.subject female labour force participation en_US
dc.title Determinants of women's non-family work in Ghana and Zimbabwe en_US
dc.type Article en_US
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