Obstacles to Labour Market Participation among Palestinian‐Arab Women in Israel

Sami H. Miaari, Nabil Khattab, Maha Sabbah-Karkabi

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Despite recent increases in educational attainment among Arab Palestinian women in Israel, their labour force participation rates continue to be below those of Jewish women. This study draws on data from the Israeli Labour Force Survey and Social Survey covering the period 1995–2016 to investigate whether this pattern can be explained by socio-economic and demographic factors, level of religiosity, human capital assets, family structure and related public policies, and early retirement. All these factors are found to affect the probability of Arab Palestinian women participating in the labour market, raising implications for labour market policies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)587-614
Number of pages28
JournalInternational Labour Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2023
Externally publishedYes

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  • Arab Palestinian women
  • Israel
  • early retirement
  • ethnicity
  • gender
  • labour force participation
  • public policy
  • religiosity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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