MPIA-20242 Can a Wage Subsidy be used to Improve Women’s Formal Employment in Zambia?


The participation rate of women in the formal sector in Zambia is low. This has hampered the empowerment of women in the country. Due to this, the government of Zambia is willing to adopt policies that have the possibility of improving the employment of women in the formal sector. Based on this policy objective, this research proposes the use of a wage subsidy targeting women in the formal sector. The proposal has been motivated by the kin interest of the government to adopt policies that will help them achieve this objective. It has also been motivated by the success of wage subsidies in countries that are currently implementing them. In order to achieve the objective of this research, a Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) methodology will be used. This model will be a Social Accounting Matrix (SAM) based approach that will capture the gender aspects of the economy. The use of CGE model calibrated to a gendered SAM will allow this research to take into account the interdependency that exists in the economy.


Project leader: Bupe Simuchimba

Project researchers: Frank Chansa | Wapa Simuchimba-Phiri | Charles Banda

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