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Economics: Social Welfare and Policies: Middle East and North Africa
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Introduction

The labor market participation rate of women in Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) countries presents an enigma—it remains low, despite a sharp rise in the number of educated and skilled women. Often, this disparity is attributed to “cultural” factors; however, research suggests that it is also closely linked to a structural imbalance between work and car…

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Narjes Mehdizadeh, “Economics: Social Welfare and Policies: Middle East and North Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 19 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_COM_002130>
First published online: 2017



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