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Title:Women and work: what role do social norms play? PDF Logo
Authors:Tolciu, Andreia
Zierahn, Ulrich
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:HWWI Research Paper 1-30
Abstract:Against the background of the current economic research which concentrates particularly on individual and structural factors, this paper examines if and to what extent social norms (in terms of attitudes towards gender roles and work commitment) can make a complementary statement in explaining women's employment status. The impact is presumed to be enhanced through norms shared by people belonging to the same households, peer groups, and by residents of the same region. The analysis relies on a rich German dataset and employs a zero inflated negative binomial model. The results highlight, among other things, the importance of 'relevant others' in explaining women's employment status.
Subjects:women's employment status
households and families
social norms
probit model with sample selection
JEL:A13
C35
J16
J21
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:HWWI Research Papers, Hamburgisches WeltWirtschaftsInstitut

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