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Women and Work: What Role Do Social Norms Play?

Andreia Tolciu and Ulrich Zierahn
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Andreia Tolciu: Hamburg Institute of International Economics

No 201009, MAGKS Papers on Economics from Philipps-Universität Marburg, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Department of Economics (Volkswirtschaftliche Abteilung)

Abstract: Against the background of the current economic research which concentrates particularly on individual and structural factors, this paper examines if and to what extent social norms (in terms of attitudes towards gender roles and work commitment) can make a complementary statement in explaining women's employment status. The impact is presumed to be enhanced through norms shared by people belonging to the same households, peer groups, and by residents of the same region. The analysis relies on a rich German dataset and employs a zero infl ated negative binomial model. The results highlight the importance of `relevant others' in explaining women's employment status.

Keywords: women's employment status; households and families; social norms; zero in ated negative binominal model (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A13 C35 J16 J21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 25 pages
Date: 2010
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-lab and nep-soc
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