QJE: Can employment opportunities transform women’s work and family lives?9 March 2012
"Most discussion emphasizes the need to address the underlying social or cultural underpinnings of women’s low status, or legal remedies such as raising the minimum age of school leaving or marriage. While such efforts are certainly important, we asked whether the labor market can play a role. In particular, if high-skill, well-paying jobs are available to women, will parents keep their daughters in school longer? And will young women then also delay marriage and childbearing in favor of working? Or are social norms about women’s roles or the stigma against women working outside of the home too great to be overcome simply by increasing the potential rewards in the labor market?"
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Read the paper: Do Labor Market Opportunities Affect Young Women’s Work and Family Decisions? Experimental Evidence from India (free online for a limited time)