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Structural Features of Female Employment Status and Earnings Mobility: The Experience in Germany

Veronika Eberharter

Review of Social Economy, 2003, vol. 61, issue 4, 511-533

Abstract: Structural changes in basic economic indicators, changes in traditional role patterns, and in female employment behavior shed light on the performance of the European labor markets in the 90s. This paper focuses on the cyclical sensitivity of women's employment status and earnings position in Germany. Using data from the German Socio-Economic Panel (GSOEP) we test the hypothesis that labor market adjustments are not gender-neutral but affect women's employment status and women's relative earnings position to a greater extent than those of men. Cross-sectional as well as longitudinal analysis indicate positive effects on female employment status and earnings position during a period with worsening economic indicators. Logistic regression analysis confirms an increasing likelihood of an upward earnings mobility for women in the 90s. Notwithstanding these positive trends the results show that - due to social norms and attitudes - women are still discriminated against in the labor market and in terms of their relative earnings position. Thus social policy is called upon to improve women's social and employment conditions.

Keywords: Labor force and employment; size and structure (J210); personal income and wealth distribution (D310); earnings mobility (J60) (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2003
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DOI: 10.1080/0034676032000160912

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