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Campus Only Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts



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Professor William Lincoln

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Though the determinants of female labor force participation in prior decades have been researched, it is yet to be determined if the same factors hold for the past few years, especially after COVID-19 devastated the global economy and unemployment rose. This paper investigates the effects of gender and COVID-19 on labor force participation in the United Kingdom, while also looking at how factors such as marital status, motherhood, and household structure interact with gender and COVID-19 in affecting labor force participation. Using a probit model, this paper finds that gender and COVID-19 alone have a very small role in affecting labor force participation. Instead, for gender subgroups such as married women and mothers, their gender has a substantial negative relationship with labor force participation. However, during the years of COVID-19 married women and mothers have a positive association with labor force participation.

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