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New work: Old barriers but new opportunities for women

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  • Cecilia Castaño
  • María Caprile
  • Carlos Iglesias
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    Many studies have pointed out that the dissemination of new information and communication technologies (ICTs) is leading to profound changes in economic activity and employment. The dissemination and large-scale use of ICTs has led to an increase in the rate of organisational and technological innovation, the development of knowledge-intensive services, and higher qualification requirements for many sectors of the employed population. There are also signs that this new labour context may offer new opportunities for women. Several studies have considered the relative advantage of women in terms of their level of education and labour flexibility, and the emergence of greater possibilities for achieving work-life balance. Based on the literature on this subject, this paper pursues two objectives. Firstly, it makes a comparative analysis for the EU based on an exhaustive review of the most important statistical sources. It determines the extent to which the dissemination of ICTs is associated with a greater presence of women. The conclusion is positive, though inequalities in working conditions do persist. Secondly, it makes a specific analysis for Spain, identifying the reasons why these activities favour the position of women in employment. It applies shift-share techniques to a battery of variables associated with female employment. It concludes that employment in ICTs, beyond the fact that its composition is particularly favourable to certain characteristics of female employment, and shows some trends that are conducive to greater feminisation.

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    Paper provided by Instituto Universitario de Análisis Económico y Social in its series Working Papers with number 05/08.

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    Length: 29 pages
    Date of creation: May 2008
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    Handle: RePEc:uae:wpaper:0508

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    Keywords: Female employment; gender equality; information and communication; technologies; knowledge-based society;

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    1. Claudia Goldin, 2006. "The Quiet Revolution that Transformed Women's Employment, Education, and Family," NBER Working Papers 11953, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Claudia Goldin & Lawrence F. Katz & Ilyana Kuziemko, 2006. "The Homecoming of American College Women: The Reversal of the College Gender Gap," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 20(4), pages 133-156, Fall.
    3. Paul Osterman, 2000. "Work reorganization in an era of restructuring: Trends in diffusion and effects on employee welfare," Industrial and Labor Relations Review, ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School, vol. 53(2), pages 179-196, January.
    4. Goldin, Claudia, 2006. "The Quiet Revolution That Transformed Women’s Employment, Education, and Family," Scholarly Articles 2943933, Harvard University Department of Economics.
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