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A Ratioanl Learning Model of Gender Segregation in Labour Markets


  • Breen, R.
  • Garcia-Penalosa, C.


In indusrialized countries, men and women tend to work in different occupations. Particularly striking is the degree to which gender segregation has persisted despite changes in legislation, employers' attitudes and preferences. This paper presents a possible explanation of such persistence when agentshave imperfect information about their probability of success in different occupations.

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  • Breen, R. & Garcia-Penalosa, C., 1997. "A Ratioanl Learning Model of Gender Segregation in Labour Markets," Economics Papers 135, Economics Group, Nuffield College, University of Oxford.
  • Handle: RePEc:nuf:econwp:135

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    JEL classification:

    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity


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