Strengthening Economic Rights and Women's Occupational Choice The Impact of Reforming Ethiopia's Family Law

Hallward-Driemeier and Gajigo (2011)

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NationwideDifference in using DHS survey data collected in Ethiopia in 2000 and 2005.Reform of Ethiopia's 2000 Family Code: Raised the minimum age of marriage for women, removed the ability of the husband to deny permission for the wife to work outside the home and required both spouses' consent in the administration of marital property.Women more likely to work in occupations that require work outside the home, in paid and full-time jobs, and in higher-paid positions. Effect of law seems strongest for young, single women, which seems to be from the increase in the legal age of marriage from 15 to 18 years. http://www.csae.ox.ac.uk/conferences/2011-EDiA/papers/790-Hallward-Driemeier.pdf15,367 women (14,070 in follow-up).