Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/96685
Authors: 
Ngai, Liwa Rachel
Petrongolo, Barbara
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Paper 8134
Abstract: 
This paper investigates the role of the rise of services in the narrowing of gender gaps in hours and wages in recent decades. We document the between-industry component of the rise in female work for the U.S., and propose a model economy with goods, services and home production, in which women have a comparative advantage in producing market and home services. The rise of services, driven by structural transformation and marketization of home production, acts as a gender-biased demand shift raising women's relative wages and market hours. Quantitatively, the model accounts for an important share of the observed trends.
Subjects: 
gender gaps
structural transformation
marketization
JEL: 
E24
J22
J16
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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