Date of Award

Spring 5-5-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Randall Filer

Second Advisor

Jonathan Conning

Academic Program Adviser

Randall Filer


Does rising female labor force participation precede economic growth, or does the relationship run in the other direction? This paper addresses this question by performing a Granger causality test to examine the relationship between economic growth and female labor force participation worldwide. The economic growth –is measured in two ways: using Growth Domestic Product, Purchasing Power Parity (constant 2011 international dollar) and Growth Domestic Product using local currency units. The test uses a completely balanced panel dataset spanning over 28 years from 1990 to 2018 and using 151 countries for Purchasing Power Parity dataset and 154 countries in GDP in local currency unit dataset.



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