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Getting to work : unlocking women's potential in Sri Lanka's labor force

Author: Jennifer L Solotaroff; George Joseph; Anne Kuriakose
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : The World Bank Group, 2017.
Series: Directions in development (Washington, D.C.)., Countries and regions.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Sri Lanka has shown remarkable persistence in low female labor force participation rates--at 36 percent in the past two years, compared with 75 percent for same-aged men--despite overall economic growth and poverty reduction over the past decade. The trend stands in contrast to the country's achievements in human capital development that favor women, such as high levels of female education and low total fertility  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jennifer L Solotaroff; George Joseph; Anne Kuriakose
OCLC Number: 1015252180
Notes: "Overview."
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 66 pages) : illustrations (some color), maps (some color)
Series Title: Directions in development (Washington, D.C.)., Countries and regions.
Responsibility: Jennifer L. Solotaroff, George Joseph, and Anne T. Kuriakose.

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Analysis of the most recent data from the Sri Lanka Labor Force Survey (LFS) and Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES) provides an update to the 2013 policy report, Getting In and Staying  Read more...

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