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Divorced, Separated, and Widowed Women Workers in Rural Mozambique

Oya, Carlos and Sender, John (2009) 'Divorced, Separated, and Widowed Women Workers in Rural Mozambique.' Feminist Economics, 15 (2). pp. 1-31.

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Abstract

A remarkably high proportion of women wage workers in rural Mozambique are divorced, separated, or widowed. This paper explores the factors underlying the difference between the marital status of these wage workers and other rural women in Mozambique and establishes a strong relationship between labor market participation and female divorce or widowhood. The association is likely to work in both directions. Moreover, contrastive exploration suggests that divorced and separated women differ from partnered women in many other important respects: they tend to have access to better jobs, and divorced and separated mothers are also remarkably good at investing in their daughters’ education compared with other mothers and male respondents. This paper concludes by stressing the limits of regression techniques in teasing out causation and interactions between variables, and by suggesting that policies to increase women’s access to decently paid wage employment could make a substantial difference to the welfare of very poor rural sub-Saharan African women and their children.

Item Type: Articles
Keywords: gender, divorce, labour markets, education, Africa, Mozambique
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Development Studies
ISSN: 13545701
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1080/13545700902729516
Depositing User: Carlos Oya
Date Deposited: 20 May 2009 14:28
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/7385

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