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Where to Work? The Role of the Household in explaining Gender Differences in Labour Market Outcomes

  • Ira N. Gang

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    (Rutgers University)

  • John Landon-Lane

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    (Rutgers University)

  • Ralitza Dimova

    ()

    (Brunel University)

With the use of panel data constructed from the 1995 and 1997 Bulgarian Integrated Household Surveys, this paper explores the sectoral reallocation of labour by gender. In Bulgaria, men and women started the transition on an almost equal standing, allowing us to concentrate our attention on the impact of individual and household characteristics in explaining gender differences in the labour market. We find that household characteristics, rather than alternative explanations such as differences in individual characteristics or pure gender discrimination, better explain the observed gender differences in labour market outcomes.

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Paper provided by Rutgers University, Department of Economics in its series Departmental Working Papers with number 200623.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: 23 Nov 2006
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Handle: RePEc:rut:rutres:200623
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