This study examines the effect of female participation in white collar jobs on their household poverty level in Nigeria. It also compares the poverty levels of women-led households with that of general households whose women participate in white collar jobs—to verify the femininity of household poverty in Nigeria. The study employed data from National Bureau of Statistics General household survey Panel 2015/2016 using independently pooled cross section of two waves (waves 1 and 2). The probit model was employed for the analysis. The marginal effect after probit estimation result revealed that when a woman moves from blue collar to white collar job, the probability of her household becoming poor reduces. Education, household size , location, dependency and household size were predisposing factors to poverty. The study also revealed that household poverty in Nigeria is not entirely a gender phenomenon. The study proffers some recommendations based on the research findings.
Key words: White collar, Gender, Household, poverty, employment.
JEL: I32, J01, C21.