Taryn Dinkelman, Liwa Rachel Ngai, 17 February 2022

The entry of women into the labour force is central to the ongoing structural transformation of African economies. This column uses detailed time-use data to document the scale and nature of female participation in both unpaid work in the home and paid work in the market. While female labour force participation is high, most hours continue to be worked in the home, on tasks such as cooking and cleaning, rather than in the market. This suggests an important role for policy to address both technological and cultural barriers to paid market work for women. 

Liwa Rachel Ngai, 18 January 2022

As an economy develops, more women take jobs outside the home. To what extent is this change happening in Africa, what factors slow this transformation down, and what could encourage it?

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Dinkelman, T and Ngai, L. 2021. 'Time Use and Gender in Africa in Times of Structural Transformation'. CEPR

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