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Higher Education and Occupational Status of Women in Egypt

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It has been argued that a combination of favourable legislation, free education and increase in demand for professional manpower has helped women in Egypt in finding their rightful place in the labour force. This paper presents an empirical study of the status of highly educated women in Egypt. By developing a model to decompose average monthly earnings of the two sexes it will be shown that highly educated Egyptian women have indeed been able to establish themselves in most of the professional occupations. However, in certain fields, for example, managerial, there still seems to be some sort of opposition to females holding positions of responsibility. The decomposition analysis shows that only 11 % of the earnings differential between men and women is attributable to different occupational distributions. Managerial, law, economics and physical sciences seem to be the "closed" occupations.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Economics, University of Exeter, Exeter EX4 4RJ Devon England

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