On why the gender employment gap in Britain has stalled since the early 1990s
Giovanni Razzu (),
Carl Singleton () and
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Giovanni Razzu: Department of Economics, University of Reading
No em-dp2019-02, Economics Discussion Papers from Department of Economics, University of Reading
Using over four decades of British micro data, this paper looks at how the narrowing gender employment gap stalled in the early 1990s. Changes to the structure of employment between and within industry sectors impacted the gap at approximately constant rates throughout the period, and does not account for the stall. Instead, changes to how women's likelihood of paid work was affected by their partners' characteristics explains most of the gap's shift in trend. Increases in women's employment when they had children or achieved higher qualifications continued to narrow the gap even after it had stalled overall.
Keywords: gender employment gaps; structural change; micro time series dataset; UK labour market; labour supply (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E24 J16 J21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 37 pages
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-gen, nep-his, nep-lab and nep-mac
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