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The Gender Unemployment Gap

Stefania Albanesi () and Aysegul Sahin ()

No 23743, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: The gender unemployment gap, the difference between female and male unemployment rates, was positive until the early 1980s. This gap disappeared after 1983, except during recessions, when men’s unemployment rate has always exceeded women’s. Using a calibrated three-state search model, we show that the convergence in female and male labor force attachment accounts for most of the closing of the gender unemployment gap. Evidence from nineteen OECD countries is consistent with this finding. We show that gender differences in industry composition are the main source of the cyclicality of the unemployment gap.

JEL-codes: E24 J16 J21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017-08
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Published as Stefania Albanesi & Ayşegül Şahin, 2018. "The gender unemployment gap," Review of Economic Dynamics, .

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