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Individual Choice or Policies? Drivers of Female Employment in Europe

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  • Lone Engbo Christiansen
  • Huidan Huidan Lin
  • Joana Pereira
  • Petia Topalova
  • Rima Turk

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Female labor force participation has increased markedly in many European countries during the past decades. Nonetheless, participation rates remain low in some economies, and a significant gender gap persists in most countries. Using micro-level data to control for factors that influence personal choice, we re-examine the determinants of female employment in Europe. The results highlight the importance of positive attitudes towards women working and individual characteristics such as years of education and number of children. However, even after controlling for these factors, policies are also key drivers of female employment.

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  • Lone Engbo Christiansen & Huidan Huidan Lin & Joana Pereira & Petia Topalova & Rima Turk, 2016. "Individual Choice or Policies? Drivers of Female Employment in Europe," IMF Working Papers 16/49, International Monetary Fund.
  • Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:16/49
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    Employment; Europe; Women; Labor force participation; Gender; Labor markets; gender gaps; International Social Survey Programme; labor force; labor; labor supply; employment; General; Economics of Gender; General; International Social Survey Programme.;

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