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The evolution of gender gaps in industrialized countries

Olivetti, Claudia and Petrongolo, Barbara (2016) The evolution of gender gaps in industrialized countries. CEP Discussion Paper (1410). Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

Women in developed economies have made major inroads in labor markets throughout the past century, but remaining gender differences in pay and employment seem remarkably persistent. This paper documents long-run trends in female employment, working hours and relative wages for a wide crosssection of developed economies. It reviews existing work on the factors driving gender convergence, and novel perspectives on remaining gender gaps. The paper finally emphasizes the interplay between gender trends and the evolution of the industry structure. Based on a shift-share decomposition, it shows that the growth in the service share can explain at least half of the overall variation in female hours, both over time and across countries.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://cep.lse.ac.uk/
Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Date Deposited: 09 May 2016 14:53
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 02:42
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council, Economic and Social Research Council
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/66424

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