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Women Managers and the Gender-Based Gap in Access to Education: Evidence from Firm-Level Data in Developing Countries
Feminist Economics (forthcoming) (2015)
  • Mohammad Amin
  • Asif Islam
Abstract

A number of studies explore the differences in men and women’s labor market participation rates and wages. Some of these differences have been linked to gender disparities in education attainment and access. The present paper contributes to this literature by analyzing the relationship between the proclivity of a firm having a top woman manager and access to education among women relative to men in the country. We combine the literature on women’s careers in management, which has mostly focused on developed countries, with the development literature that has emphasized the importance of access to education. Using firm-level data for 73 developing countries, we find strong evidence that countries with a higher proportion of top women managers also have higher enrollment rates for women relative to men in primary, secondary, and tertiary education.

Keywords
  • Gender,
  • Labor market,
  • Managers,
  • Education
Publication Date
May, 2015
Citation Information
Mohammad Amin and Asif Islam. "Women Managers and the Gender-Based Gap in Access to Education: Evidence from Firm-Level Data in Developing Countries" Feminist Economics (forthcoming) (2015)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/mohammad_amin/61/