Dutch Disease in the Labor Market: Women, Services, and Industrialization
Posted: 21 Dec 2008
The light manufacturing export industries have been the gateway to sustained growth in many newly-industrializing countries. Women have played an important role in those industries. This paper presents a theory linking women's work and industrialization. The theory fits the observation that in low-growth developing countries, women mostly work in household services while in higher-growth developing countries, women work in manufacturing. In the model, the existence of a services equilibrium or an industrialization equilibrium, or multiple equilibria depends on an economy's endowment of land relative to labor.
Keywords: Dutch Disease, Industrialization, Women's Employment, Multiple Equilibria
JEL Classification: O10, O12, O14
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