Faculty Publications

Title

Ethnic differences and married women's employment in Malaysia: Do government policies matter?

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Employment, Ethnicity, Malaysia, Married women, Policy

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Socio-Economics

Volume

33

Issue

3

First Page

291

Last Page

306

Abstract

Government policies can affect labor market outcomes. In 1971, the Malaysian government implemented the New Economic Policy (NEP), which gave differential economic benefits to Malays compared to non-Malays. In 1982, the New Population Policy (NPP) was introduced, which strongly encouraged the formation of larger families. Using the first and second Malaysian Family Life Surveys (MFLS), this study investigates whether these two policies differently affected the employment patterns of married women of three ethnic groups. The study finds that these policies did not have significantly different impacts on married women's employment across ethnic groups. © 2003 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Original Publication Date

7-1-2004

DOI of published version

10.1016/j.socec.2003.12.023

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