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Women's Empowerment, Gendered Institutions and Economic Opportunity: An Investigative Study for Pakistan

Parlow, Anton (2018): Women's Empowerment, Gendered Institutions and Economic Opportunity: An Investigative Study for Pakistan.

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Abstract

Increasing female landownership or labor force participation are policies designed to empower women in developing countries. Yet, societies are diverse and I find that across language and ethnic groups not all Pakistani women benefit from these increased economic opportunities in their decision making. I even find negative impacts of labor force participation on empowerment for some groups. This can be explained by different gender expectations along these gendered institutions.

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