Female Labor Force Intermittency and Current Earnings: A Switching Regression Model with Unknown Sample Selection
FRB of Atlanta Working Paper No. 2003-33
40 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2004
Date Written: December 2003
Using the Health and Retirement Survey, this paper finds a 16 percent selectivity-corrected wage penalty among women who engage in intermittent labor market activity. This penalty is experienced at a low level of intermittent activity but appears not to play an important role in a woman's decision to undertake such activity. In addition, employer preferences appear to play a larger role than human capital atrophy in the determination of the wage penalty.
Keywords: Intermittent participation, wage, gender differentials
JEL Classification: J22, J31, C30
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