Sher Verick

  • Current position:
    Senior Employment Policy Specialist, International Labour Organization (ILO), New Delhi, India
  • Positions/functions as policy advisor:
    Senior Employment Policy Specialist, ILO, advising governments in South Asia on labor market and economic policy issues
  • Research interest:
    Labor market policies and institutions in developing countries, informality, gender, and migration
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  • Affiliations:
    International Labour Organization, India, and IZA, Germany
  • Past positions:
    Research Fellow, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research (MIAESR), Australia
  • Qualifications:
    PhD Economics, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) and University of Bonn, Germany, 2004
  • Personal statement about IZA World of Labor:
    I am very happy to contribute to this project. I believe this is a great way to share research findings with a broader audience, particularly among policymakers. IZA’s World of Labor will definitely help enhance the understanding of key issues in labor policy
  • Selected publications:
    • “Understanding the drivers of poverty dynamics in Australia.” Economic Record 84:266 (2008): 310–321 (with H. Buddelmeyer).
    • Perspectives on Labour Economics for Development. Geneva: ILO, 2013 (with S. Cazes).
    • The Labour Markets of Emerging Economies. Basingstoke, UK: ILO/Palgrave Macmillan, 2013 (with S. Cazes).
    • “On lumpiness in the replacement and expansion of capital.” Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics 72:3 (2010): 263–280 (with W. Letterie and G. Pfann).
    • “Giving up job search during a recession: The impact of the global financial crisis on the South African labour market.” Journal of African Economies 21:3 (2011): 373–408.
  • Articles

Female labor force participation in developing countries

Improving employment outcomes for women takes more than raising labor market participation—good jobs are important too

September 2014

10.15185/izawol.87 87

by Sher Verick Verick, S

While women’s labor force participation tends to increase with economic development, the relationship is not straightforward or consistent at the country level. There is considerably more variation across developing countries in labor force participation by women than by men. This variation is driven by a wide variety of economic and social factors, which include economic growth, education, and social norms. Looking more broadly at improving women’s access to quality employment, a critical policy area is enhancing women’s educational attainment beyond secondary schooling.