Family Structure and Sex Differences in Postdisplacement Outcomes

FRB Atlanta Working Paper No. 2001-14

30 Pages Posted: 26 Aug 2001

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Dan Rodriguez

Emory University - Department of Organization & Management

Madeline Zavodny

University of North Florida; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Agnes Scott College

Date Written: July 2001

Abstract

Labor force outcomes after an involuntary job loss tend to differ systematically between men and women, with women experiencing a lower probability of finding another job, a longer average duration of nonemployment, and larger losses in hours given reemployment. This study examines the role of family structure in such sex differences in post-displacement outcomes. Data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics indicate that unmarried women have post-displacement outcomes similar to men, whereas married women's outcomes differ considerably from those of men. The presence of children in the household appears to partially account for sex differences in post-displacement outcomes, with women with young children less likely to be reemployed and more likely to not be in the labor force than their childless counterparts and than men.

Keywords: displacement, reemployment, family structure

JEL Classification: J65, J63, J12

Suggested Citation

Rodriguez, Daniel and Zavodny, Madeline, Family Structure and Sex Differences in Postdisplacement Outcomes (July 2001). FRB Atlanta Working Paper No. 2001-14, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=281193 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.281193

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