Discussion Paper Series in Economics, Department of Economics, Norwegian School of Economics (NHH)
Life-Cycle Patterns in Male/Female Differences in Job Search.
() and Kenneth R. Troske
Abstract: We investigate whether women search longer for a job than
men and whether these differences change over the life cycle. Our empirical
analysis exploits German register data on highly attached displaced
workers. We apply duration models to analyze gender differences in job
search taking into account observed and unobserved worker heterogeneity and
censoring. Simple survival functions show that displaced women take longer
to find a new job than comparable men. Disaggregation by age groups reveals
that these differences are driven by differential behavior of prime age
women. There is no significant difference in job search duration among the
very young and older workers. These differential outcomes remain even after
we control for differences in human capital, and when time dependence and
unobserved heterogeneity are incorporated into the model.
Keywords: Gender differences; job search; displaced workers; wage differences. discrimination.; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: J31; J63; J64; J71; (follow links to similar papers)
37 pages, January 21, 2010
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