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Gender Gaps and the Rise of the Service Economy

L. Rachel Ngai and Barbara Petrongolo

American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, 2017, vol. 9, issue 4, 1-44

Abstract: This paper investigates the role of the rise in services in the narrowing of gender gaps in hours and wages in recent decades. We highlight the between-industry component of differential gender trends for the United States and propose a model economy with goods, services, and home production, in which women have a comparative advantage in producing services. The rise of services, driven by structural transformation and marketization of home production, raises women's relative wages and market hours. Quantitatively, the model accounts for an important share of the observed trends in women's hours and relative wages.

JEL-codes: J16 J21 J22 J24 J31 L80 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
Note: DOI: 10.1257/mac.20150253
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