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Segregation of female and male workers in Spain: occupations and industries

  • Olga Alonso Villar


    (Universidad de Vigo)

  • Coral del Río


    (Universidad de Vigo)

This paper studies female and male segregation in the Spanish labor market paying special attention to differences among industries. For this purpose, it studies segregation when jointly considering differences in 66 occupations and 4 large sectors (agriculture-fishing, construction, industry, and services), and analyzes the evolution of segregation from 1994 to 2009. In addition, it quantifies the occupational segregation within each large sector. In order to delve deeper in the analysis, differences between public and private services in terms of occupational segregation are also offered. In doing so, this paper uses additively decomposable indices, together with local segregation curves, recently proposed in the literature, which allows us to go further in the empirical analysis.

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Article provided by IEF in its journal Hacienda Pública Española/Revista de Economía Pública.

Volume (Year): 194 (2010)
Issue (Month): 3 (June)
Pages: 91-121

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Handle: RePEc:hpe:journl:y:2010:v:194:i:3:p:91-121
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