Gender and labour markets in Asia

Crawford School of Public Policy

Event details


Date & time

Thursday 14 September 2017


Lennox Room, Level 1, JG Crawford Building 132, Lennox Crossing, ANU


Janneke Pieters and Robert Sparrow, Wageningen University; Diana Contreras Suarez, University of Melbourne; Sharon Bessell, ANU; plus many more.


Sharon Bessell

Despite reductions in gender gaps in labour market outcomes over the past decades, large gaps remain, especially in middle-income countries. Globally, according to the World Bank World Development Indicators, 77 per cent of men aged 15 and older participated in the labour force in 2014, compared to 50 per cent of women. In emerging economies, the gender gap in participation rates ranged from 14 percentage points in China to more than 50 percentage points in India. Continuing gender gaps raise a number of critical questions. How does trade liberalisation impact on gender roles and gender segregation in the labour market? What does greater labour market participation mean for women’s roles within society and within the household. How do we measure both the extent of labour force participation and the nature and impacts of that work? This workshop brings together leading researchers in the area of gender and labour markets to discuss some of these pressing questions and to explore how persistent gender gaps can be overcome.

Speakers include:

  • Janneke Pieters, Wageningen University: Trade, poverty, and female labour in rural India
  • Robert Sparrow, Wageningen University: Gendered labour market impacts of trade in Indonesia
  • Diana Contreras Suarez, University of Melbourne: Gender wage gap in Indonesia - a distributional analysis of the formal and informal sector
  • Sharon Bessell, The Australian National University: Labour force participation and gender-sensitive multi-dimensional poverty measurement
  • Kailing Shen, The Australian National University: Gender-targeted job ads in the recruitment process: evidence from China
  • Sarah Dong, The Australian National University: Labour market shocks and intra household bargaining in Indonesia

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