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The Effect of Public Sector Employment on Women's Labour Market Outcomes

63 Pages Posted: 20 Jul 2011  

Brindusa Anghel

Foundation for Applied Economic Research (FEDEA)

Sara de la Rica

Universidad del Pais Vasco; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Juan Jose Dolado

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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Date Written: July 2011

Abstract

This paper addresses the role played by Public Sector (PS) employment across different OECD labour markets in explaining: (i) gender differences regarding occupational choices in either PS or private sector, and (ii) subsequent changes in female labour market outcomes. To do so, we provide some empirical evidence about cross-country gender differences in choice of employment in the PS vs. the private sector using the European Community Household Panel (ECHP), in the light of several theories about patterns of gender behaviour in the labour market. We also analyze the main determinants of the hourly wage gaps across these two sectors for males and females separately. Finally, we document the main stylized facts about gender differences in labour market transitions of workers among inactivity, unemployment, working in the PS and working in the private sector.

Keywords: Gender gaps, Labour market transitions, Public sector employment

JEL Classification: J16, J31, J45

Suggested Citation

Anghel, Brindusa and de la Rica, Sara and Dolado, Juan Jose, The Effect of Public Sector Employment on Women's Labour Market Outcomes (July 2011). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP8468. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1889991

Brindusa Anghel (Contact Author)

Foundation for Applied Economic Research (FEDEA) ( email )

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Sara De la Rica

Universidad del Pais Vasco ( email )

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Juan Jose Dolado

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