International emigration and the labour market outcomes of women staying behind in Morocco

Anda David, French Development Agency

We tackle the issue of women’s activity rates in Morocco by adopting a mixed method approach. Using the 2007 household survey, we find that having a migrant in the household increases women’s labour participation, while receiving remittances decreases it. While migration increases women’s probability of being an unpaid family worker, it has no impact on their probability of having income-generating activities. The qualitative fieldwork indicates that while traditional attitudes are an important factor in women’s low levels of engagement in paid activities, the most compelling reason behind this situation lies in the lack of good job opportunities for women.

About the speaker
Anda David has recently joined the Research and Development Department of the French Development Agency (AFD) as a research officer. She is also an associate researcher to DIAL (IRD –Université Paris Dauphine). She completed her Ph.D. in 2015 at DIAL (IRD – Université Paris Dauphine), under the joint supervision of Philippe De Vreyer (DIAL-UPD) and Mohamed Ali Marouani (Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne). Before joining AFD, she was a post-doctoral fellow at Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. She worked as a consultant for the OECD and the ILO. Her main fields of interest are development economics, inequality and poverty, and migration and labor markets, from both a micro and macroeconomic perspective. To date, her research has mainly focused on the impact of migration on the origin countries’ labor market, on the socioeconomic integration of return migrants and on the linkage between migration and inequality.

Venue: Conference room (room 0.16 & 0.17)

Date: 28 April 2016

Time: 12:30 - 13:30


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