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Eran Yashiv and Nitsa Kasir
Abstract
This paper examines patterns of labor force participation of Israeli Arabs. The paper presents data and estimates of participation equations. Two key findings are:
(i) The life-cycle participation profile of Arab men is non-standard, with a steep fall at a relatively early age
(ii) A low average participation rate for Arab women, with substantial variance cross-sectionally.
Explanations of these phenomena include:
For men - employment in professions requiring physical skills leads to early retirement while relying on family support; for women - the effect on participation of factors that characterize the individual as "modern" or "traditional."
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