The Economic Cost of Gender Gaps in Effective Labor: Africa's Missing Growth Reserve

  title={The Economic Cost of Gender Gaps in Effective Labor: Africa's Missing Growth Reserve},
  author={Amarakoon Bandara},
  journal={Feminist Economics},
  pages={162 - 186}
ABSTRACT This study analyzes the impact of the gender gap in effective labor – defined as the combined effect of the gender gaps in labor force participation and education – on economic output per worker. The results indicate that the gender gap in effective labor has a negative effect on the economic output per worker in African countries. A 1 percent increase in the gender gap in effective labor leads to a reduction in output per worker by 0.43–0.49 percent in Africa overall, 0.29–0.50… Expand
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