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Why are Well-Educated Women Not Full-Timers?


Helena Skyt Nielsen


University of Aarhus

Mette Verner


University of Aarhus - Centre for Research in Social Integration and Marginalization (CIM)

February 2006


Abstract:     
A priori, one would expect that well educated women would choose to work fulltime to collect the returns to their investment in education. However, that is not the case. We analyze this phenomenon in a discrete choice dynamic programming framework, taking the potentially endogenous effect of work experience on annual earnings into account. We find that the main explanations are flat experience profiles and a high disutility of work. Policy simulations reveal that a moderate change in the return to experience or a moderate reduction in unemployment benefits would increase the proportion of full-timers substantially.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 45

Keywords: high-educated women, labour force participation, disutility of work, discrete

JEL Classification: D1, D91

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Date posted: February 8, 2006  

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Nielsen, Helena Skyt and Verner, Mette, Why are Well-Educated Women Not Full-Timers? (February 2006). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=881270 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.881270

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Helena Skyt Nielsen (Contact Author)
University of Aarhus ( email )
Mette Verner
University of Aarhus - Centre for Research in Social Integration and Marginalization (CIM) ( email )
DK-8210 Aarhus V
Denmark
+45 8948 6416 (Phone)
+45 8615 5175 (Fax)
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