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One of the most salient changes in Latin America
over the last half-century has been the strong rise
in female labor force participation.
Since the 2000s, however, this rate has decelerated.

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THE BOOK

The book “Bridging gender gaps? The rise and deceleration of female labor force participation in Latin America” shows that since the early 2000s women’s entry into labor markets in Latin America has shown signs of widespread and significant deceleration.

While female labor participation rose rapidly over the 1990s, the rate of increase fell to one-third in the following decade, and even stopped in some countries.

What caused this deceleration?
What are its implications?
Who has been most affected?

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EDITORS

Leonardo Gasparini

Leonardo Gasparini is the director of the Center for Distributive, Labor and Social Studies (CEDLAS) at Universidad Nacional de La Plata (UNLP). Leonardo has a PhD in Economics from Princeton University. He is a full-time professor at UNLP, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses. He is also researcher of the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET). His research on distributional and social issues has been published in more than twenty international academic journals. He is the author of five books and several chapters in books on social and labor issues. He has taught courses, given seminars and done consulting on poverty and inequality in most Latin American countries. He has won several awards and grants, including a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Mariana Marchionni

Mariana Marchionni is Senior Researcher of the Center for Distributive, Labor and Social Studies (CEDLAS) at Universidad Nacional de La Plata (UNLP), and Associate Researcher of the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET). Mariana holds a PhD in Economics from UNLP and was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of British Columbia during 2013. She is a full-time professor and the Director of the Master Program in Economics at UNLP. She has taught courses and done consulting for various Latin American countries. Her main research interests are in the areas of Economics of Education, Demographic Economics, and Social Policies, and she has published numerous articles in academic journals, books and book chapters on these topics.

OTHER AUTHORS

Nicolás Badaracco

Nicolás Badaracco is a junior researcher of the Center for Distributive, Labor and Social Studies (CEDLAS) at Universidad Nacional de La Plata (UNLP). Nicolás holds a BA and an MA in Economics from UNLP. He has participated in several research projects on distributive and labor issues.

Matías Busso

Matías Busso is Senior Economist in the Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank. He is also Associate Researcher of the Center for Distributive, Labor and Social Studies (CEDLAS) at Universidad Nacional de La Plata (UNLP), and member of the executive committee of the LACEA Network of Inequality and Poverty. In his research he uses theory and empirical evidence to analyze the design of more effective public policies related to the labor market, education and productivity. Matías holds a BA and an MA in Economics from UNLP, and a PhD in Economics from University of Michigan. He has published articles in the American Economic Review and The Review of Economics and Statistics, among others.

Pablo Gluzmann

Paul Gluzmann is Senior Researcher of the Center for Distributive, Labor and Social Studies (CEDLAS) at Universidad Nacional de La Plata (UNLP), and assistant researcher of the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET).
He holds a PhD in Economics from UNLP, where he currently is a teacher assistant. He has won several awards and scholarships. He has taught courses and done consulting for various Latin American countries. He specializes in applied economics in the areas of inequality, poverty, labor markets, macroeconomics and international finance, and is the author of several publications in academic journals and book chapters on these topics.

Darío Romero Fonseca

Darío Romero Fonseca is a research assistant of the Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank. His research has focused on the areas of economics of education, development economics and political economy. Darío is an economist and political scientist, and holds an MA in Economics from Universidad de los Andes (Colombia).

Joaquín Serrano

Joaquín Serrano is Junior Researcher of the Center for Distributive, Labor and Social Studies (CEDLAS) at Universidad Nacional de La Plata (UNLP). Joaquín has a BA in Economics from UNLP. He is a teaching assistant at UNLP and has won a doctoral fellowship from the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET). He has participated in several research projects on distributive and labor issues.

Evelyn Vezza

Evelyn Vezza is Associate Researcher of the Center for Distributive, Labor and Social Studies (CEDLAS) at Universidad Nacional de La Plata (UNLP). Evelyn has a BA in Economics from Universidad Nacional de Rosario (Argentina) and an MA in Economics from UNLP. Currently she is a consultant for international organizations, NGOs and governments in labor and social protection issues in Latin America. She previously worked at the International Labour Office for Argentina, the World Bank headquarters for the Southern Cone and the Ministry of Economy in Argentina.
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