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Women and Work: What Role Do Social Norms Play?

  • Andreia Tolciu

    (Hamburg Institute of International Economics)

  • Ulrich Zierahn

    (University of Kassel)

Against the background of the current economic research which concentrates particularly on individual and structural factors, this paper examines if and to what extent social norms (in terms of attitudes towards gender roles and work commitment) can make a complementary statement in explaining women's employment status. The impact is presumed to be enhanced through norms shared by people belonging to the same households, peer groups, and by residents of the same region. The analysis relies on a rich German dataset and employs a zero infl ated negative binomial model. The results highlight the importance of `relevant others' in explaining women's employment status.

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Paper provided by Philipps-Universität Marburg, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Department of Economics (Volkswirtschaftliche Abteilung) in its series MAGKS Papers on Economics with number 201009.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: 2010
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Handle: RePEc:mar:magkse:201009
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