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Women's gender-type occupational mobility in Puerto Rico, 1950 — 80

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  • Harriet Presser
  • Hsiao-ye Yi

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This paper investigates the patterns and determinants of women's mobility into and out of male-dominated occupations in Puerto Rico during a period of rapid development between the 1950s and the early 1980s. The paper uses data from the Puerto Rico Fertility and Family Planning Assessment of 1982, which includes detailed retrospective calendar histories of women's employment and other life-course changes. An event history approach allows an examination of the effects of human capital, family status, socialization, and opportunity structure in the labor market on women's entry into male-dominated occupations and their subsequent shifts to other occupations. The findings indicate that women's entry into male-dominated occupations increased for first jobs during this period of economic development, and there was modest cross gender-type mobility among women who experienced job changes. Finally, the variables more directly tapping labor-supply factors show stronger effects on women's labor-force behavior than those more directly tapping labor-demand factors.

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  • Harriet Presser & Hsiao-ye Yi, 2008. "Women's gender-type occupational mobility in Puerto Rico, 1950 — 80," Feminist Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 14(2), pages 89-114.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:femeco:v:14:y:2008:i:2:p:89-114
    DOI: 10.1080/13545700701881088
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    Keywords

    Female labor-force participation; gender; occupational segregation; JEL Codes: J62; J24; N56;

    JEL classification:

    • J62 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Job, Occupational and Intergenerational Mobility; Promotion
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • N56 - Economic History - - Agriculture, Natural Resources, Environment and Extractive Industries - - - Latin America; Caribbean

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