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It's Raining Men! Hallelujah?

57 Pages Posted: 10 Jun 2014 Last revised: 9 Jun 2015

Pauline A. Grosjean

UNSW Business School, School of Economics

Rose Khattar

UNSW Australia Business School, School of Economics

Date Written: April 17, 2015

Abstract

We document the implications of missing women in the short and long run. We exploit a natural historical experiment, which sent large numbers of male convicts and far fewer female convicts to Australia in the 18th and 19th century. In more male-biased areas, women historically married more and were less likely to work. Today, in areas that were more male-biased historically, people have more conservative attitudes towards women working, women are less likely to have high-ranking occupations, and women earn a lower wage income. We document the role of vertical cultural transmission and of marriage homogamy in sustaining cultural persistence.

Keywords: Culture, gender roles, sex ratio, natural experiment, Australia

JEL Classification: I31, N37, J16, Z33

Suggested Citation

Grosjean, Pauline A. and Khattar, Rose, It's Raining Men! Hallelujah? (April 17, 2015). UNSW Business School Research Paper No. 2014-29C. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2445285 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2445285

Pauline A. Grosjean (Contact Author)

UNSW Business School, School of Economics ( email )

High Street
Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

Rose Khattar

UNSW Australia Business School, School of Economics ( email )

High Street
Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

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