Gender Differences in Rates of Job Dismissal: Why Are Men More Likely to Lose Their Jobs?
AbstractEmpirical studies have consistently reported that rates of involuntary job separation, or dismissal, are significantly lower among female employees than among males. Only rarely, however, have the reasons for this differential been the subject of detailed investigation. In this paper, household panel survey data from Australia are used that also find higher dismissal rates among men than among women. This differential, however, largely disappears once controls for industry and occupation are included. These findings suggest that the observed gender differential primarily reflects systematic differences in the types of jobs into which men and women select.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 6225.
Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2011
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Publication status: published in: Industrial Relations, 2013, 52(2), 582-608
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- J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
- J63 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Turnover; Vacancies; Layoffs
- J71 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Hiring and Firing
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- NEP-ALL-2012-01-10 (All new papers)
- NEP-DEM-2012-01-10 (Demographic Economics)
- NEP-HME-2012-01-10 (Heterodox Microeconomics)
- NEP-HRM-2012-01-10 (Human Capital & Human Resource Management)
- NEP-LAB-2012-01-10 (Labour Economics)
- NEP-LMA-2012-01-10 (Labor Markets - Supply, Demand, & Wages)
- NEP-LTV-2012-01-10 (Unemployment, Inequality & Poverty)
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