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    • Abstract
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      • Persistence in female labour force participation
        • Differences in historical agricultural technologies
        • Language
        • Geography
      • Historical changes in female labour force participation
        • The adoption of household technology
        • Changing social norms
        • The pill
        • Learning
      • Concluding remarks
    • See Also
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female labour force participation: persistence and evolution

Paola Giuliano
From The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, Online Edition, 2014
Edited by Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume
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This article explores the relevance of deep historical forces that have influenced the historical gender division of labour and the perception of women’s roles in society more generally. In particular, we will review how different types of subsistence activity in the ancient past – such as hunting and gathering and various types of agricultural technology – and geography and language can affect the role of women and their relative bargaining positions up to modern times. Finally, we will review the relevance of mechanisms such as learning, in contrast to deep historical forces, to explain the evolution of female labour force participation.
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Giuliano, Paola. "female labour force participation: persistence and evolution." The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics. Online Edition. Eds. Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume. Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics Online. Palgrave Macmillan. 11 December 2017 <http://www.dictionaryofeconomics.com/article?id=pde2014_F000332> doi:10.1057/9780230226203.3934

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