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Pedro GOMES (Birkbeck University London) “You’re the one that I want! Public Employment and women’s labour market outcomes”

November 26, 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Time: 12:15pm – 13:30 pm
Date: 26th of November 2018
Place: Room 3001

Pedro GOMES (Birkbeck University London) “You’re the one that I want! Public Employment and women’s labour market outcomes”

Abstract : We analyze the role of public sector employment in shaping women’s labor market outcomes. The public sector is the biggest employer in most economies, and it hires dis-proportionally more women than men. Hence, public employment and wage policies affect women in particular, with implications for  gender gaps in employment, unemployment, participation, and wages. We first carry out an empirical study documenting the differences in level of employment, transition probabilities, hours and wages for men and women in the public and private sectors, for France, United Kingdom, United States and Spain. Second, we  build a search and matching model where men and women decide if to participate in the labor market and if to enter private or public sector labour market.  Our framework allows us to disentangle and quantify how much of  the selection of women into the public sector is driven by: (i) lower gender wage gaps and thus relatively higher wages for women in the public sector and/or (ii) possibilities of better conciliation of work and family life for public sector workers and (iii) an intrinsic preference for public sector activities. Our framework can be used to evaluate the  effects of public sector employment and wage policies on gender gaps in the labor market.

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Date:
November 26
Time:
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
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Organizers

Edouard CHALLE
Julien PRAT