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Why Do Women Study So Much? The Role of Signaling and Work Commitment

Ori Zax ()

Economics Bulletin, 2016, vol. 36, issue 2, 1185-1193

Abstract: Abstract This paper proposes theoretical explanations for several gender-based differences observed in the labor market. Empirical evidence indicate that females acquire more schooling than males do but earn lower wages. To explain these phenomena, we analyze an economy in which females use education to signal their commitment to the workplace.

Keywords: Time allocation; human capital; wage differentials. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J2 J3 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016-06-22
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