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Human Capital Depreciation During Family-related Career Interruptions in Male and Female Occupations

  • Dennis Görlich
  • Andries de Grip

This study investigates the relation between human capital depreciation during family-related career interruptions and occupational choice of women in the (West) German labour market. In contrast to other studies that do not explicitly focus on family-related career interruptions, we find that short-term human capital depreciation during these career interruptions is significantly lower in female occupations than in male occupations. This holds for both high- and low-skilled occupations. Our findings support the self-selection hypothesis with respect to occupational sex segregation, i.e., women might deliberately choose female occupations because of lower short-term wage penalties for family-related career interruptions. Moreover, we find that particularly men employed in high-skilled male occupations face large short-run as well as long run wage penalties when they have a family related career break.

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Paper provided by Kiel Institute for the World Economy in its series Kiel Working Papers with number 1379.

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Length: 37 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2007
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Handle: RePEc:kie:kieliw:1379
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