Informality and Socio-Economic Well-Being of Women in Egypt - Economic Research Forum (ERF)

Informality and Socio-Economic Well-Being of Women in Egypt

Reham Rizk and Hala Abou-Ali

May, 2015


15 pages

J2. Demand and Supply of Labor
O1. Economic Development

The paper attempts to quantify the impact of informal employment on women’s contribution to the household budget. It further pinpoints the socio-economic factors that affect women’s struggle to meet their household needs. Using the Egyptian Labor Market Panel Survey 2012, the analysis reveals that informality decreases women’s contribution to the household budget by 31%. Moreover, women’s educational level, household size, and husband’s education, among other factors, shape women’s involvement in the household budget.




تحاول هذه الورقة قياس أثر العمالة غير الرسمية على مساهمة المرأة في ميزانية الأسرة. وتشير أيضا إلى العوامل الاجتماعية والاقتصادية التي تؤثر على نضال المرأة من أجل تلبية احتياجات أسرهم المعيشية. يكشف التحليل باستخدام المسح التتبعى لسوق العمل في مصر لعام 2012، أن مساهمة المرأة تنخفض فى القطاع غير الرسمي في ميزانية الأسرة بنسبة 31٪. وعلاوة على ذلك، فهناك عوامل تشكل إشراك المرأة فى ميزانية الأسرة مثل مستوى المرأة التعليمي، حجم الأسرة، ومستوى تعليم الزوج، وعوامل أخرى

Research Associates

Reham Rizk

Assistant Professor, British University in Egypt

Research Fellows

Hala Abou-Ali

Professor, Cairo University



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