Monday, 13 May 2013

Gender Differences in Involuntary Job Loss: Why Are Men More Likely to Lose Their Jobs?

an article by Roger Wilkins and Mark Wooden (The University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) published in Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society Volume 52 Issue 2 (April 2013)


Empirical studies have consistently reported that rates of involuntary job loss are significantly lower among female employees than among males. Only rarely, however, have the reasons for this differential been the subject of detailed investigation.

In this article, household panel survey data from Australia are used that also find higher rates of job loss among men than among women. This differential, however, largely disappears once controls for industry and occupation are included.

These findings suggest that the observed gender differential primarily reflects systematic differences in the types of jobs into which men and women select.

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