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Desemprego e inatividade nas metrópoles brasileiras: as diferenças entre homens e mulheres [Unemployment and inactivity in Brazilian metropolises: differences between men and women]


  • Pedro Rodrigues de Oliveira


  • Luiz Guilherme Scorzafave


  • Elaine Toldo Pazello



This paper examines the recent evolution of unemployment and inactivity in Brazilian metropolitan areas. We analyze the situation of men and women separately. The variable "number of children in household" is the most prominent factor concerning inactivity: it is inversely related to male inactivity and directly related to female inactivity. Moreover, the observed patterns among poor and non-poor women are extremely different – poor women have higher inactivity rates than non-poor women – reflecting schooling differentials and, probably, difficulty in enrolling their children in adequate daycare facilities.

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  • Pedro Rodrigues de Oliveira & Luiz Guilherme Scorzafave & Elaine Toldo Pazello, 2009. "Desemprego e inatividade nas metrópoles brasileiras: as diferenças entre homens e mulheres [Unemployment and inactivity in Brazilian metropolises: differences between men and women]," Nova Economia, Economics Department, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Brazil), vol. 19(2), pages 291-324, May-Septe.
  • Handle: RePEc:nov:artigo:v:19:y:2009:i:2:p:291-324

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    unemployment; inactivity; woman; labor market; participation;

    JEL classification:

    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search


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