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Unilateral Divorce for Women and Labor Supply in the Middle East and North Africa: The Effect of Khul Reform
Uppsala University, Units outside the University, Office of Labour Market Policy Evaluation.
2014 (English)In: Feminist Economics, ISSN 1354-5701, E-ISSN 1466-4372, Vol. 20, no 4, 113-137 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This contribution investigates whether the introduction of Khul, Islamic unilateral divorce rights for women, helps to explain recent dramatic increases in women's labor supply in Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) countries over the 1980-2008 period. It shows, using data for eighteen countries, that Khul reform increased the labor force participation of women relative to men. Furthermore, we find evidence that the effect of Khul is larger for younger women (ages 24-34) compared to older women (ages 35-55). Younger women increased their labor force participation by 6 percent, which accounts for about 10 percent of the increase in their labor force participation from 1980 to 2008.

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2014. Vol. 20, no 4, 113-137 p.
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women's labor force participation, Family law, intrahousehold bargaining, D1, J2
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Gender Studies Economics and Business
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-241536DOI: 10.1080/13545701.2014.932421ISI: 000346349900005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-241536DiVA: diva2:779803
Available from: 2015-01-13 Created: 2015-01-13 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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