La Familia - how trust towards family decreases female labor force participation

Author Affiliation

Adnan Haider is Assistant Professor at Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi

Faculty / School

Faculty of Business Administration (FBA)


Department of Economics

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Source Publication

Journal of Labor Research




Accounting | Business | Business Administration, Management, and Operations | Human Resources Management | Organizational Behavior and Theory | Strategic Management Policy | Technology and Innovation


This paper investigates whether comprehensive trust towards immediate family members leads to a decrease in female labor force participation in Sub Saharan African countries. Using three recent waves, third, fourth and fifth rounds of the Afrobarometer survey data allows us to capture the willingness to participate in the labor market as well as the level of trust individuals have towards their family members. We find that a high amount of trust significantly decreases labor force participation vary in range from minimum of 7 percent to 13 percent at maximum in our probit estimations. Moreover, the statistical as well as economic effects are significantly stronger for females than the effect for males. Our main contribution to the emerging economies literature in informal institutions is that we are able to show how different cultural traits such as family ties lead to different choices in terms of participation in the labor market.

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HJRS - X Category, Scopus, Web of Science - Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI)

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