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Does Menstruation Explain Gender Gaps in Work Absenteeism?

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  • Mariesa A. Herrmann
  • Jonah E. Rockoff
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    Ichino and Moretti (2009) find that menstruation may contribute to gender gaps in absenteeism and earnings, based on evidence that absences of young female Italian bank employees follow a 28-day cycle. We find this evidence is not robust to the correction of coding errors or small changes in specification, and we find no evidence of increased female absenteeism on 28-day cycles in data on school teachers. We show that five day work weeks can cause misleading group differences in absence hazards at multiples of seven, including 28 days, and illustrate this problem by comparing absence patterns of younger males to older males.

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    Article provided by University of Wisconsin Press in its journal Journal of Human Resources.

    Volume (Year): 47 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 493-508

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    Handle: RePEc:uwp:jhriss:v:46:y:2012:ii:1:p:493-508

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    Cited by:
    1. Burkhard Schipper, 2014. "Sex hormones and choice under risk," Working Papers, University of California, Davis, Department of Economics 147, University of California, Davis, Department of Economics.
    2. Azmat, Ghazala & Petrongolo, Barbara, 2014. "Gender and the Labor Market: What Have We Learned from Field and Lab Experiments?," IZA Discussion Papers 8135, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    3. Ghazala Azmat & Barbara Petrongolo, 2014. "Gender and the Labor Market: What Have We Learned from Field and Lab Experiments?," CEP Occasional Papers, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE 40, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
    4. Herrmann, Mariesa A. & Rockoff, Jonah E., 2013. "Do menstrual problems explain gender gaps in absenteeism and earnings?," Labour Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 24(C), pages 12-22.
    5. Yan Chen & Peter Katuscak & Emre Ozdenoren, 2005. "Why Can’t a Woman Bid More Like a Man?," CERGE-EI Working Papers, The Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economic Institute, Prague wp275, The Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economic Institute, Prague.

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