Gender Differences in Involuntary Job Loss: Why are Men More Likely to Lose Their Jobs?

27 Pages Posted: 20 Mar 2013

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R Wilkins

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Mark Wooden

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

Date Written: April 2013

Abstract

Empirical studies have consistently reported that rates of involuntary job loss 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 article, household panel survey data from Australia are used that also find higher rates of job loss 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.

Suggested Citation

Wilkins, Roger and Wooden, Mark, Gender Differences in Involuntary Job Loss: Why are Men More Likely to Lose Their Jobs? (April 2013). Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Vol. 52, Issue 2, pp. 582-608, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2236015 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/irel.12024

Roger Wilkins (Contact Author)

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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

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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