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Women's work choices in Kenya: the role of social institutions and household gender attitudes

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De Giusti, G. and Kambhampati, U. (2016) Women's work choices in Kenya: the role of social institutions and household gender attitudes. Feminist Economics, 22 (2). pp. 87-113. ISSN 1466-4372

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/13545701.2015.1115531

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This study considers the factors that influence women’s work behavior in Kenya. In particular, it examines whether gender attitudes and certain types of social institutions influence the probability of employment or type of employment for women. Using data from the Demographic and Health Survey of 2008–9, we find that religion and ethnicity are significant determinants of women’s employment in Kenya. While personal experience of female genital mutilation is insignificant, spousal age and education differences, as well as marital status (which reflect attitudes both in women’s natal and marital families), are significant determinants of women’s employment choices.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Politics, Economics and International Relations > Economics
ID Code:56829
Publisher:Taylor & Francis

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