Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/81464
Authors: 
Henrekson, Magnus
Stenkula, Mikael
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
IFN Working Paper 786
Abstract: 
We identify pertinent institutions governing the structure of payoffs with regard to female career progression. Drawing on recent insights in behavioral economics, we hypothesize that interactions between psychological mechanisms and the institutional setup may be important determinants of cross-country differences in the level and evolution of female representation in executive positions in the business sector. We test this proposition informally by exploring whether it can be used to account for some of the observed differences between the Anglo-Saxon and Scandinavian countries in this respect. Three particularly important conclusions emerge: (i) broad welfare state policy promotes high female labor force participation, but blunts incentives to pursue top executive positions in the business sector; (ii) therefore, it is likely to be misleading to use the share of female executives as a proxy for gender equality in welfare states; and (iii) psychological mechanisms are likely to amplify the effects of policies and institutions.
Subjects: 
Career choice
Career incentives
Gender equality
Parental leave
Household production
JEL: 
D13
D63
J16
J20
M52
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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