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Gender-speci�c Differences in Labor Market Adjustment Patterns: Evidence from the United States

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  • Dennis, Wesselbaum

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Do men and women behave differently while adjusting labor supply over the business cycle? Using data for the United States we show that women are signifi�cantly more likely to adjust along the intensive margin (number of hours), while men adjust more often along the extensive margin (employment). Older, single, and divorced/widowed adjust predominantly along the extensive margin. Our �findings have crucial implications for the design of policy reforms, especially as governments desire to increase female labor force participation while facing demographic challenges.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 43040.

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Date of creation: 29 Oct 2012
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Keywords: Extensive Margin; Intensive Margin; Male and Female Labor Supply;

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  1. Christian Merkl & Dennis Wesselbaum, 2009. "Extensive vs. Intensive Margin in Germany and the United States: Any Differences?," Kiel Working Papers 1563, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
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