Gender Differences in Rates of Job Dismissal: Why are Men More Likely to Lose Their Jobs?

33 Pages Posted: 31 Dec 2011

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Roger Wilkins

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research

Mark Wooden

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

Empirical studies have consistently reported that rates of involuntary job separation, or dismissal, are significantly lower among female employees than among males. Only rarely, however, have the reasons for this differential been the subject of detailed investigation. In this paper, household panel survey data from Australia are used that also find higher dismissal rates among men than among women. This differential, however, largely disappears once controls for industry and occupation are included. These findings suggest that the observed gender differential primarily reflects systematic differences in the types of jobs into which men and women select.

Keywords: dismissals, gender differentials, involuntary job separations, HILDA Survey, Australia

JEL Classification: J16, J63, J71

Suggested Citation

Wilkins, Roger and Wooden, Mark, Gender Differences in Rates of Job Dismissal: Why are Men More Likely to Lose Their Jobs?. IZA Discussion Paper No. 6225. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1977811

Roger Wilkins (Contact Author)

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research

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Australia

Mark Wooden

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research ( email )

Level 5, FBE Building, 111 Barry Street
Parkville, Victoria 3010
Australia

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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