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Labour Force Participation in Sri Lanka

Guy Standing and Glen Sheehan
Indian Journal of Industrial Relations
Vol. 13, No. 1 (Jul., 1977), pp. 27-37
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27765639
Page Count: 11
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Labour Force Participation in Sri Lanka
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Abstract

This paper uses the data collected in a 1973 survey to examine some of the determinants of labour force participation in Sri Lanka. The examination is carried out using both tabular and ordinary least squares regression analysis. For women, the most striking result is the very high level of participation in estate areas. Another important result is the positive relationship between education and participation, while fertility and urbanization have a negative impact on participation. The participation rates of men are less variable than those of women. In the older and younger age groups, men in urban areas have lower participation rates; otherwise there are no significant sectoral differences. The higher participation rates of married men are also noteworthy. Other variables to have an effect, albeit a weak one, on male participation were education, migration, family income, and family size.

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