The Gendered Labor Market Impacts of Trade Liberalization. Evidence from Brazil

I. Gaddis, J. Pieters

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Abstract

This paper investigates gender differences in the impact of Brazil's trade liberalization on labor market outcomes. To identify the causal effect of trade reforms, the paper uses difference-in-difference estimation exploiting variation across microregions in pre-liberalization reduced male and female labor force participation and employment rates, but the effects on men were siginificantly larger. Thereby, tariff reductions contributed to gender convergence in labor force participation and employment rates. Gender differences are concentrated among the low-skilled population and in the tradable sector, where male and female workers are most likely to be imperfect substitutes.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherWorld Bank Group
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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