Trade and Labour Market Outcomes: Does Export Sophistication Affect Women’s Wage Employment?

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Sep 30, 2021 | Policy Center for the New South, Mina Beliamoune

This report by the Policy Center for the New South explores whether improved export sophistication increases women’s participation in wage employment. Using panel data from a large group of developing and emerging economies, Mina Baliamoune finds that it has significant and mostly positive effects on women’s participation in paid employment in all regions, but these effects become positive only after a threshold level of sophistication is attained. She also finds stronger positive impacts on women’s share of wage employment in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and Latin America relative to other regions. Baliamoune.pdf

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