Accident Risk, Gender, Family Status and Occupational Choice in the UK
AbstractMany studies show that women are more risk averse than men. In this paper, following DeLeire and Levy (2004) for the US, we use family structure as a proxy for the degree of risk aversion to test the proposition that those with strong aversion to risk will make occupational choices biased towards safer jobs. In line with DeLeire and Levy we find that women are more risk averse than men and those married with children are more risk averse than those without. However, the effect on the degree of gender segregation is much smaller than for the US.
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Date of creation: Sep 2006
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Publication status: published in: Labour Economics, 2008, 15(5), 938-957
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- Grazier, S. & Sloane, P.J., 2008. "Accident risk, gender, family status and occupational choice in the UK," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 15(5), pages 938-957, October.
- J0 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - General
- J2 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor
- K2 - Law and Economics - - Regulation and Business Law
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- NEP-ALL-2006-09-23 (All new papers)
- NEP-LAB-2006-09-23 (Labour Economics)
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