Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Mathematical Economics

Reader 1

Nayana Bose

Reader 2

Roberto Pedace

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The objective of this study is to analyze the impact of household income and education on women’s labor force participation rate in India. Assumptions would suggest that women with higher education will have a higher rate of participation and will earn higher income. However, contradicting this, according to the previous studies it has been discovered that as the family income increases, the labor force participation rate of women decreases, hence showing a negative relationship. Women who are highly educated tend to marry highly educated men who already have higher incomes and that reduces the incentive for women to work and earn. Hence, with higher family income we see a decline in women’s labor force participation rate. Using Indian Human Development Survey (IHDS) for eligible women, I find that education and income impact the women's labor force participation rate negatively and I can provide evidence that the results are statistically significant aswell.

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