Mahbub ul Haq Distinguished Lecture

Negotiating Adulthood: Women’s Education, Work and Family Formation in Rural Pakistan

Panelists: Tahir Andrabi (Pomona), Hadia Majid (LUMS) and Farah Said (LUMS)
8:00 PM PKT

The Long Term LEAPS household Panel survey (2003-2018 is a representative sample of households (2003) from 120 randomly selected villages in three districts in rural Punjab. One of the largest and longest panel of households in any Low or Middle Income country, it comprises of 6 rounds of surveying between 2003-2018. The sample for the long term follow up (Round 6, 2018) was defined as any individual who was under 18 years old in any of the 5 previous LEAPS rounds. (2003-2011).

Based on the follow up, Professor Andrabi presents some salient finding on education, marriage and labor market aspects of the lives of women aged (20-30) in the 2018 survey. He shows a large generational shift in education outcomes between these women and their mothers, and between men and in the same age group. The panelists then look at the effect of education on marriage likelihood, assortative spousal matching and the quality of the in-law relationship. They also examine labor force participation, occupational sorting between men and women into “brain vs brawn” jobs. Using time use-data, Professor Andrabi looks at variation of paid vs housework of both married and unmarried women along the education dimension.