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Childcare Solutions: The impact of childcare on women’s labor force participation – the devil in the details

Globally, the lack of childcare services is associated with lower rates of female labor force participation. Having children between 0-5 years old significantly lowers women’s opportunities to join the labor market and retain their jobs. Given that women are predominantly responsible for unpaid care work, the correlation of increased public preschool availability and women’s labor force participation is not surprising.


This session will feature findings from three different studies released by the East Asia and Pacific Gender Innovation Lab (EAP GIL), the Mashreq Gender Facility (MGF), and the South Asia Gender Innovation Lab (SAR GIL), which show that making childcare services available increases women’s chances of participating in the labor market. Results from EAP GIL’s research in Indonesia suggest that features of childcare services, such as number of hours they are open for, may have important implication for women’s labor market outcomes, such as paid or unpaid work, number of hours worked, and ultimately, welfare outcomes of women and their households. In its report, the MGF finds that getting married and having children is associated with lower labor force participation rates for women in Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon, and calls for adequate legal and regulatory framework, and the promotion of more gender equitable norms around care responsibilities.

About the Presenters

Elizaveta Perova

Dr. Elizaveta Perova is a Senior Economist at East Asia and Pacific Chief Economist Office. She leads East Asia and Pacific Gender Innovation Lab (EAPGIL), which focuses on generating evidence on what works to advance gender equality. She is a micro-economist by training, and has worked on poverty measurement, labor and gender equality. She received her MPP and Ph.D. from UC Berkeley.

Emcet O. Tas, Senior Social Development Specialist

Emcet O. Tas is a Senior Social Development Specialist at the World Bank. He leads research programs on poverty reduction and gender equality, as well as oversees investments and policy reforms in all areas of social development. Before joining the World Bank, he taught Economics at American University and consulted for agencies such as Global Development Network and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. Emcet holds a Ph.D. in Economics. His work has been published as journal articles and book chapters and informed policy programs across Latin America, Africa, Europe, Central Asia and South Asia.

Matt Wai-Poi, Lead Economist

Matthew Wai-Poi is Lead Economist for the East Asia and Pacific region with the Poverty and Equity Global Practice and Global Lead for the distributional impacts of fiscal and social policies. He has previously worked on issues of gender, poverty and inequality, and conflict and displacement in Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. Matthew has a PhD in Economics from Columbia University and degrees in law and business.

Target Audience

World Bank/IFC staff, development practitioners interested in the childcare agenda, academia, researchers, policymakers, think-tanks, multilateral organizations, economists.

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