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The intergenerational transfer of the employment gender gap

Venke Furre Haaland, Mari Rege (), Kjetil Telle and Mark Votruba
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Mark Votruba: Statistics Norway, https://www.ssb.no/en/forskning/ansatte

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Abstract: Despite well-documented convergence during the later years of the 20th century, labor market attachment remains markedly higher for men than for women. The current paper employs rich longitudinal registry data to investigate the intergenerational transfer of the gender gap in employment. We explore the extent that family- and community-level characteristics, measured in childhood, differentially predict employment for adult Norwegian men and women. Drawing on theories pertaining to the importance of information, skills and gender norms transfer, our empirical analysis demonstrates that a parsimonious set of family- and community-level characteristics can explain a substantial part of the gender gap. These results suggest that female employment continues to be influenced by the intergenerational transfer of beliefs and expectations about family and work.

Keywords: Gender gap; Employment; Labor force particiaption; Intergenerational transfer (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J16 J21 D13 N30 Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014-01
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