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Where the Girls Are: Trade and Labor Market Segregation in Colombia

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  • Ederington, Josh

    ()
    (University of Kentucky)

  • Minier, Jenny

    ()
    (University of Kentucky)

  • Troske, Kenneth

    ()
    (University of Kentucky)

Abstract

Gary Becker's theory of discrimination argues that increasing competition will reduce discrimination in the labor market. We use the Colombian trade liberalization episode over the period 1984–91 to investigate this claim on plant-level data in three ways. First, we examine whether women are concentrated in exporting plants. Second, we examine whether the increase in foreign competition due to unilateral trade liberalization disproportionately drove discriminating plants out of the market. Finally, we investigate whether trade liberalization affected hiring decisions (and thus gender segregation) by Colombian firms.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 4131.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2009
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp4131

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