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Labor force participation of married women in Punjab (Pakistan)

Toseef Azid (Department of Finance, College of Financial and Administrative Sciences, Taibah University, Madinah, Saudi Arabia)
Rana Ejaz Ali Khan (Department of Economics, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Bahawalpur, Pakistan)
Adnan M.S. Alamasi (College of Financial and Administrative Sciences, Taibah University, Madinah, Saudi Arabia)

International Journal of Social Economics

ISSN: 0306-8293

Article publication date: 6 July 2010

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to highlight the factors that influence the decision of married women (in the age group of 16‐60 years) to participate in labor force activities.

Design/methodology/approach

This is an empirical study employing the non‐linear maximum likelihood probability (probit) function on primary data (3,911 observations).

Findings

Besides other variables it has been observed that poverty remains an important determinant of female labor participation.

Research limitations/implications

On the basis of this paper, a socio‐economic policy can be formulated for a developing country like Pakistan.

Practical implications

A development policy (especially considering the gender aspects) can be formulated on the basis of this research for the enhancement of human resource development for a developing and an orthodox economy like Pakistan.

Originality/value

This paper is beneficial to researchers, policy makers, and social scientists for the enhancement of the level of social welfare and equity through its findings.

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Citation

Azid, T., Ejaz Ali Khan, R. and Alamasi, A.M.S. (2010), "Labor force participation of married women in Punjab (Pakistan)", International Journal of Social Economics, Vol. 37 No. 8, pp. 592-612. https://doi.org/10.1108/03068291011060643

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