Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

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Uppsala University, Department of Economics

No 2008:10: The Labor Market Consequences of Gender Differences in Job Search

Stefan Eriksson () and Jonas Lagerström ()
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Stefan Eriksson: Department of Economics, Postal: Uppsala University, P.O. Box 513, SE-751 20 Uppsala, Sweden
Jonas Lagerström: Department of Economics, Åbo Akademi

Abstract: This paper studies gender differences in labor market outcomes using data from an Internetbased CV database. The women in the database get fewer firm contacts than men, and we show that this is partly explained by differences in education, experience and other skills, is not explained by differences in occupation and place of residence, and to a large extent is explained by differences in geographical search area. When we take into account differences in search area, the negative gender effect disappears. However, the results differ somewhat across subgroups: For highly skilled women a negative gender effect remains.

Keywords: Job Search; Gender Differences; Discrimination

JEL-codes: J61; J71

16 pages, October 24, 2008

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