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Evidence Regarding Persistence in the Gender Unemployment Gap Based on the Ratio of Female to Male Unemployment Rate

  • Amit Sen

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    (Xavier University)

  • Herve Queneau

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    (Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, and University of Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne/CNRS (Laboratoire Georges Friedmann))

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    We examine the level of persistence in the gender unemployment gap in eight OECD countries: Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United States. We use a new measure for the gender unemployment gap, namely, the ratio of the female to male unemployment rate. Our empirical evidence shows that the gender unemployment gap is not persistent given that we reject the unit root null hypothesis for all countries in our sample except Australia.

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    Volume (Year): 5 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 23 ()
    Pages: 1-10

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