Is female education a pathway to gender equality in the labor market? Some evidence from Pakistan

Abstract

Can education be a path to gender equality in the labor market? The labor market benefits of education accrue both by increasing a person’s knowledge and skills needed for entry into the more lucrative occupations, and by raising a person’s earnings within any given occupation. For education to promote gender equality, however, it must benefit women equally if not more than men, given the history of discrimination against women and girls in schooling. We examine the case of Pakistan, where discrimination has been especially rampant, to gain insights into the relationships between education and labor market outcomes for women.

Citation

Tembon, M.; Fort, L. (Eds.) Girls’ Education in the21st Century. Gender Equality, Empowerment, and Economic Growth, World Bank, Washington DC, USA, ISBN-13: 978-0-8213-7474-0, pp. 67-92 [DOI: 10.1596/978-0-8213-7474-0]

Is female education a pathway to gender equality in the labor market? Some evidence from Pakistan

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