Nimble Fingers No Longer! Women's Employment in Iran

Roksana Bahramitash, Hadi Salehi Esfahani

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This chapter reexamines the evolution of women's labor force participation (LFP) and employment in Iran in light of census data from the latter half of the 20th century, roughly 1956 to 2006. It begins by reviewing the economic performance of Iran since the 1950s. It then examines the aggregate trends in women's LFP and employment. It considers the sectoral pattern of female employment and analyzes the role of age structure and education, and deals with trends in women's occupations and positions in the labor market. The chapter concludes with a discussion of likely opportunities and challenges for Iranian women in the coming decades.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationContemporary Iran
Subtitle of host publicationEconomy, Society, Politics
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199852345
ISBN (Print)9780195378481
StatePublished - Oct 3 2011


  • Economic performance
  • Female employment
  • Iran
  • Labor force participation
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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