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New Men and New Women? A Comparison of Paid Work Propensities from a Panel Data Perspective

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  • Booth, Alison L
  • Jenkins, Stephen P
  • Serrano, Carlos

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The paper uses BHPS waves 1–5 (1991–5) to compare paid work participation rates of men and women. Year-on-year persistence in paid work propensities is high, but greater for men than women. Non-work persistence is higher for women. Using panel data probit regression models, the paper also investigates why men’s and women’s participation rates differ, comparing the roles of differences in observable characteristics and differences in rates of return to these characteristics, while also controlling for unobserved heterogeneity. Most of the difference in participation rates is accounted for by the differences in returns associated with the presence of children, especially young ones.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 1775.

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Date of creation: Dec 1997
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Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:1775

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Keywords: Employment; Labour Supply; Panel Data; Work;

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  1. Prowse, Victoria, 2012. "Modeling employment dynamics with state dependence and unobserved heterogeneity," MPRA Paper 38038, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 10 Apr 2012.
  2. Taehyun Ahn, 2010. "Employment Dynamics of Married Women and the Role of Part-Time Work: Evidence from Korea," Working Papers 1003, Research Institute for Market Economy, Sogang University.
  3. Victoria Prowse, 2005. "State Dependence in a Multi-state Model of Employment," Economics Papers 2005-W20, Economics Group, Nuffield College, University of Oxford.
  4. Victoria Prowse, 2005. "State Dependence in a Multi-state Model of Employment Dynamics," Economics Series Working Papers 2005-W20, University of Oxford, Department of Economics.
  5. Boheim, Rene & Taylor, Mark P., 2002. "The search for success: do the unemployed find stable employment?," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 9(6), pages 717-735, December.
  6. Bowlus, Audra J. & Grogan, Louise, 2001. "Equilibrium Job Search and Gender Wage Differentials in the UK," IRISS Working Paper Series 2001-06, IRISS at CEPS/INSTEAD.
  7. Sara Connolly & Mary Gregory, 2010. "Dual tracks: part-time work in life-cycle employment for British women," Journal of Population Economics, Springer, vol. 23(3), pages 907-931, June.
  8. Richard Blundell & Mike Brewer & Marco Francesconi, 2005. "Job changes, hours changes and labour market flexibility: panel data evidence for Britain," IFS Working Papers W05/12, Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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