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Left behind to farm ? women's labor re-allocation in rural China
Author:Mu, Ren; van de Walle, Dominique; Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 5107
Country:China; Date Stored:2009/10/31
Document Date:2009/10/01Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
SubTopics:Population & Development; Health Monitoring & Evaluation; Population Policies; Gender and Development; AnthropologyLanguage:English
Major Sector:Agriculture, fishing, and forestryRel. Proj ID:CN-The Changing Gender Division Of Labor In China -- -- P111837;
Region:East Asia and PacificReport Number:WPS5107
Sub Sectors:General agriculture, fishing and forestry sectorVolume No:1 of 1

Summary: The transformation of work during China’s rapid economic development is associated with a substantial but little noticed re-allocation of traditional farm labor among women, with some doing much less and some much more. This paper studies how the work, time allocation, and health of non-migrant women are affected by the out-migration of others in their household. The analysis finds that the women left behind are doing more farm work than would have otherwise been the case. There is also evidence that this is a persistent effect, and not just temporary re-allocation. For some types of women (notably older women), the labor re-allocation response comes out of their leisure.

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