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A Fine Balance Women's Labor Market Participation in International Comparison

Mary Daly

in Welfare and Work in the Open Economy Volume II: Diverse Responses to Common Challenges in Twelve Countries

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780199240920
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600180 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199240922.003.0010
 A Fine Balance Women's Labor Market Participation in International Comparison

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One of the central causes of change in the welfare state has been the changing economic role and employment behaviour of women, especially of married women. Factors related to gender are the key to explaining labour‐market variation among developed countries. In explaining how women's presence has transformed labour markets in 23 OECD countries, the chapter draws on a wide range of possible factors, including policy packages, historical trends, and cultural norms about the family and women's roles. The analysis is based on a three‐fold model that includes supply, demand, and country‐specific contextual factors.

Keywords: culture; demand; developed countries; family; history; labour market; participation; policy; supply; women

Chapter.  17418 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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