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Discriminating Factors of Women's Employment. Using Territorial Heterogeneity to Inform Policy

  • Angela Cipollone

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    (Department of Economic and Business Sciences, LUISS Guido Carli)

  • Carlo D'Ippoliti

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    (Department of Economic and Business Sciences, LUISS Guido Carli)

We employ the dramatic heterogeneity across ItalyÕs Regions to assess the impact of selected context factors on menÕs and womenÕs employment by means of multilevel analysis. Observing that individual factors strongly interact with local policies and institutions in determining womenÕs employment, we claim that any attempt to explore solely its supply-side determinants might lead to biased estimates. Aggregate growth and tertiarisation of the economy are surprisingly found beneficial only to menÕs employment, while culture and discrimination are relevant for womenÕs. Social Assistance is found highly significant, with the provision of services being more beneficial to womenÕs employment than monetary transfers.

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Paper provided by Dipartimento di Economia e Finanza, LUISS Guido Carli in its series Quaderni DEF with number 145.

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