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Gender Differences in Rates of Job Dismissal: Why Are Men More Likely to Lose Their Jobs?

  • Wilkins, Roger

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    (Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research)

  • Wooden, Mark

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    (Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research)

Empirical studies have consistently reported that rates of involuntary job separation, or dismissal, are significantly lower among female employees than among males. Only rarely, however, have the reasons for this differential been the subject of detailed investigation. In this paper, household panel survey data from Australia are used that also find higher dismissal rates among men than among women. This differential, however, largely disappears once controls for industry and occupation are included. These findings suggest that the observed gender differential primarily reflects systematic differences in the types of jobs into which men and women select.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 6225.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2011
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Publication status: Published in: Industrial Relations, 2013, 52(2), 582-608
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp6225
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  1. Giuliano, Laura & Levine, David I. & Leonard, Jonathan, 2006. "Do Race, Age, and Gender Differences Affect Manager-Employee Relations? An Analysis of Quits, Dismissals, and Promotions at a Large Retail Firm," Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, Working Paper Series qt9tc8n5j7, Institute of Industrial Relations, UC Berkeley.
  2. Altonji, Joseph G. & Blank, Rebecca M., 1999. "Race and gender in the labor market," Handbook of Labor Economics, in: O. Ashenfelter & D. Card (ed.), Handbook of Labor Economics, edition 1, volume 3, chapter 48, pages 3143-3259 Elsevier.
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  4. McGuinness, Seamus & Wooden, Mark, 2007. "Overskilling, Job Insecurity and Career Mobility," IZA Discussion Papers 2938, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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