Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/122079
Authors: 
Olivetti, Claudia
Petrongolo, Barbara
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, School of Economics and Finance, Queen Mary, University of London 723
Abstract: 
The comovement between gender gaps in hours and wages across countries and skills reveals the presence of net demand forces shaping gender differences in labor market outcomes. This paper links the rich pattern of variation in gender gaps to the process of structural transformation. Based on a stylized, multi-sector equilibrium model, we illustrate that the gender bias in labor demand can be decomposed into measurable within- and between-industry components. Using comparable micro data across countries, we find that international differences in the industry structure explain more than eighty percent of the overall variation in labor demand between the U.S. and all other countries in our sample, and roughly one third of the overall cross-country variation in wage and hours gaps.
Subjects: 
Gender gaps
Skills
Demand and supply
Industry structure
JEL: 
E24
J16
J31
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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