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The Labor Market Consequences of Gender Differences in Job Search


  • Eriksson, Stefan

    () (Department of Economics)

  • Lagerström, Jonas

    () (Department of Economics, Åbo Akademi)


This paper studies gender differences in labor market outcomes using data from an Internetbased CV database. The women in the database get fewer firm contacts than men, and we show that this is partly explained by differences in education, experience and other skills, is not explained by differences in occupation and place of residence, and to a large extent is explained by differences in geographical search area. When we take into account differences in search area, the negative gender effect disappears. However, the results differ somewhat across subgroups: For highly skilled women a negative gender effect remains.

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  • Eriksson, Stefan & Lagerström, Jonas, 2008. "The Labor Market Consequences of Gender Differences in Job Search," Working Paper Series 2008:10, Uppsala University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:uunewp:2008_010

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    1. Xiao, Chaoqun & Tang, Wansheng & Zhao, Ruiqing & Zhou, Chi, 2013. "Equilibrium search with heterogeneous firms, workers and endogenous human capital," MPRA Paper 52136, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. repec:kap:iaecre:v:23:y:2017:i:2:d:10.1007_s11294-017-9633-0 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Job Search; Gender Differences; Discrimination;

    JEL classification:

    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
    • J71 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Hiring and Firing

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