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Women's Contribution To Economic Development: Thirty Years Of Rural Labor Market Development And Women's Participation And Contribution

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This chapters goal is to contribute to the ongoing assessment of Chinas rural labor markets, paying special attention to whether these markets are developing in a way that is helping or hurting the interests of women. First, it provides an update of the trends in non-agricultural labor participation and estimates the nations aggregate non-agricultural participation rates, focusing on the participation of rural women during the reform era. Second, it analyzes the implications of non-agricultural development on the participation of rural women to see if, with all other factors being held constant, women are making gains. Third, it measures how the increasing role of women in the agricultural sector affects the efficiency of farming in order to understand whether or not their participation in agriculture undermines farm income. The chapter discusses how general trends of the labor markets development have impacted womens participation in it.

Keywords: China; economic development; non-agricultural labor participation; rural labor market; womens contribution; womens participation

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