Understanding the Gender Gap

Understanding the Gender Gap : Economic History of American Women

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The author has developed a unique set of data drawn from the US census, statistics, city directories, and other sources to look at the differences between men and women in the American labour force. She argues that the gender gap in income and job level that has existed throughout history cannot be explained simply as a matter of sex discrimination, nor as a result of inherent structural phenomena in the employment market. The book is published in conjunction with the National Bureau of Economic Research.
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  • Hardback | 296 pages
  • 162.56 x 236.22 x 17.78mm | 544.31g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 5 half-tones, 16 line drawings
  • 0195050770
  • 9780195050776

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Women's experience in the American economy; Chapter 2: The evolution of the female labour force: The measure of market work; Labour force participation of married women since 1890; Cohorts of white married women; Cohorts versus cross sections; Implications of cohort change; Cohorts of nonwhite married women; Life-cycle labour force participation and work experience; Direct measures of life-cycle work; Work experience, 1930-1950; Economic development and the life cycle of work; Corrections to the 1890 data; Participation rates before 1890, married and adult women; Participation rates before 1890, single women; Single women in the labour force, 1890 to 1930; Summary: The work of women since 1790.
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