The Economics of Gender in Mexico: Work, Family, State, and Market

Overview

Mexico is experiencing significant demographic, social, and economic changes, and the distinct roles of women and men in the Mexican economy are changing as well. In both urban and rural areas, large numbers of young Mexican women are entering the labor force, and as girls' education reaches parity with boys, this trend will intensify. However, women continue to face special constraints on their economic activities which are largely related to their household roles and responsibilities. Macroeconomic change ...
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Overview

Mexico is experiencing significant demographic, social, and economic changes, and the distinct roles of women and men in the Mexican economy are changing as well. In both urban and rural areas, large numbers of young Mexican women are entering the labor force, and as girls' education reaches parity with boys, this trend will intensify. However, women continue to face special constraints on their economic activities which are largely related to their household roles and responsibilities. Macroeconomic change affects Mexican men, who must deal with shifting labor market opportunities and government policies.

'The Economics of Gender in Mexico' examines gender differences in the Mexican economy, with a specific focus on labor markets. Gender differences are reviewed over the course of a life cycle, beginning with education and child labor, and on through adult urban and rural labor force participation. This book also considers the situation of the elderly women and men in Mexico. Each chapter uses different data sources and analytical methodologies but the volume in its entirety is guided by a gender perspective that looks at the situation of both men and women as distinct groups and in relationship to one another. The chapters contain detailed quantitative analysis drawing on national labor force statistics, specialized regional household surveys, and firm-level data.

This volume is based on the commissioning of a series of technical papers by the World Bank, in collaboration with several Mexican government agencies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821348864
  • Publisher: World Bank Publications
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Series: Other World Bank Bks.
  • Pages: 326
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Acronyms and Abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 Gender Differences in Education in Mexico 9
2 The Impact of Child Labor and School Dropout on Human Capital: Gender Differences in Mexico 46
3 Breadwinner versus Caregiver: Labor Force Participation and Sectoral Choice over the Mexican Business Cycle 85
4 A Gender Perspective on Maquila Employment and Wages in Mexico 133
5 Explaining Gender Differences in Earnings in the Microenterprise Sector 174
6 Gender Issues in Workforce Participation and Self-Employment in Rural Mexico 204
7 Gender, Generation, and Off-Farm Employment on the Mexican Ejido 227
8 Welfare of Male and Female Elderly in Mexico: A Comparison 249
9 Conclusions and Policy Implications 291
Author Biographies 296
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