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Where to Work? The Role of the Household in Explaining Gender Differences in Labour Market Outcomes

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  • Dimova, Ralitza

    () (University of Manchester)

  • Gang, Ira N.

    () (Rutgers University)

  • Landon-Lane, John

    () (Rutgers University)

Abstract

With the use of panel data constructed from the 1995 and 1997 Bulgarian Integrated Household Surveys, this paper explores the sectoral reallocation of labour by gender. In Bulgaria, men and women started the transition on an almost equal standing, allowing us to concentrate our attention on the impact of individual and household characteristics in explaining gender differences in the labour market. We find that household characteristics, rather than alternative explanations such as differences in individual characteristics or pure gender discrimination, better explain the observed gender differences in labour market outcomes.

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  • Dimova, Ralitza & Gang, Ira N. & Landon-Lane, John, 2006. "Where to Work? The Role of the Household in Explaining Gender Differences in Labour Market Outcomes," IZA Discussion Papers 2476, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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    Keywords

    gender; mobility; employment; household;

    JEL classification:

    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
    • J23 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Demand
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • J62 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Job, Occupational and Intergenerational Mobility; Promotion
    • P2 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies

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