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Female Employment and Occupational Changes in the 1990s: How is the EU Performing Relative to the US?

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  • Juan J. Dolado
  • Florentino Felgueroso
  • Juan F. Jimeno

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This paper provides a comparison of the incidence and composition of female employment both in the EU and in the US. Despite a significant increase in female labour market participation in the EU, about 50% of the difference between the employment rates in the US and the EU can still be attributed to differences in the educational attainments and the employment rates of women aged 25-54. We highlight the main features of femaleemployment in both areas, paying particular attention to the differences across age cohorts and educational levels. Our main findings are as follows: i) the educational level of the EU female population is slowly converging to that of the US, ii) the employment rates of less educated women are much lower in the EU than in the US (with the exceptions of the Scandinavian countries) even for women aged 25-34, and iii) occupational segregation is lower for the younger highly educated women who seem to be entering more typically male occupations and less typically female occupations, although at a higher rate in the US than in the EU.

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  1. Jimeno, Juan F. & Rodriguez-Palenzuela, Diego, 2002. "Youth unemployment in the OECD: demographic shifts, labour market institutions, and macroeconomic shocks," Working Paper Series 0155, European Central Bank.
  2. Jacques, Jean-François & Walkowiak, Emmanuelle, 2009. "Low wages and high unemployment rates : The role of social interactions in hiring discrimination," Economics Papers from University Paris Dauphine 123456789/1902, Paris Dauphine University.
  3. Juan Dolado & Florentino Felgueroso & Miguel Almunia, 2012. "Are men and women-economists evenly distributed across research fields? Some new empirical evidence," SERIEs, Spanish Economic Association, vol. 3(3), pages 367-393, September.
  4. Havnes, Tarjei & Mogstad, Magne, 2009. "Money for Nothing? Universal Child Care and Maternal Employment," IZA Discussion Papers 4504, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  5. Tournemaine, Frederic & Tsoukis, Christopher, 2008. "Status, fertility, growth and the great transition," MPRA Paper 8669, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  6. Wolf, Elke & Heinze, Anja, 2007. "How to Limit Discrimination? Analyzing the Effects of Innovative Workplace Practices on Intra-Firm Gender Wage Gaps Using Linked Employer-Employee Data," ZEW Discussion Papers 07-077, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.

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