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Gender Inequality in Work, Health, and Income

MAYRA BUVINIC, ANTONIO GIUFFRIDA and AMANDA GLASSMAN

in Global Inequalities at Work

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780195150865
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865222 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195150865.003.008
 Gender Inequality in Work, Health, and Income

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In Latin America and the Caribbean, more women than men have entered the labor force since the 1980s; what are the implications for women's health status? This chapter reviews the empirical evidence on the effects of women's paid work on their health in Latin America. It begins with a brief description of the changing nature of labor markets and women's labor force participation. It then explores women's occupational health risks and mentions some initiatives that seek to respond to these risks. Next, it looks at the existing evidence for the positive effects of paid work on women's health and child health, and finally, it provides policy recommendations.

Keywords: Latin America; Caribbean; labor force participation; women's health; occupational health; policy

Chapter.  13537 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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