ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Poverty and Young Women's Employment

This paper explores one of the key issues in current research on gender and development: the links between poverty and young womenâ??s employment. Specifically, the following questions are addressed, in the context of Kerala: Which young women work for pay and why? To what extent is a woman's household economic status - especially poverty status - an important determinant of employment, and to what degree does this relationship differ for married and single women? The analysis provides strong evidence for a U0-shaped relationship between household economic status (or class status) and women's current employment status. The interplay of economic factors and cultural factors as determinants of women's employment is important both on the supply side of the labour market and women's ability to obtain employment.

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