uu.seUppsala University Publications
Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
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
Abstract [en]

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.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 20, no 4, 113-137 p.
Keyword [en]
women's labor force participation, Family law, intrahousehold bargaining, D1, J2
National Category
Gender Studies Economics and Business
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: 2015-01-13Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text

Other links

Publisher's full text

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Sjögren, Anna
By organisation
Office of Labour Market Policy Evaluation
In the same journal
Feminist Economics
Gender StudiesEconomics and Business

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Altmetric score

Total: 188 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link