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Determinants of women's time allocation in rural Bangladesh (English)

Attempts are increasingly being made to adapt the economic theory of the household to the examination of the time allocation behavior of rural households in developing countries particularly with regard to women. The objective of this paper, consequently, is to estimate a time allocation model for Bangladeshi rural women where both women's labor force participation decision and hours of work are jointly determined. For policy purposes it is more beneficial to examine the factors influencing time allocation of women rather than to note simple presence of women in one type of work category. Moreover, this study identifies whether sample selection bias is important for estimating women's time allocation in nonmarket production, an important category of work where both groups of women spend considerable amounts of their productive time. The study hopes to shed light on the determinants of the economic roles of rural women in Bangladesh and in similar developing countries.




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Khandker,Shahidur R.

Determinants of women's time allocation in rural Bangladesh (English). Agricultural Research Unit discussion paper,no. ARU 62 Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.