Gender Gaps from Labor Market Shocks

Ria Ivandic, Anne Sophie Lassen

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Job loss leads to persistent adverse labor market outcomes, but assessments of gender differences in labor market recovery are lacking. We utilize plant closures in Denmark to estimate gender gaps in labor market outcomes and document that women face an increased risk of unemployment and lose a larger share of their earnings in the two years following job displacement. When accounting for observable differences in human capital across men and women, half of the gender gap in unemployment remains. In a standard decomposition framework, we document that childcare imposes an important barrier to women’s labor market recovery regardless of individual characteristics.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherCentre for Economic Performance (CEP), London School of Economics and Political Science
Number of pages56
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2023
SeriesCEP Discussion Paper


  • Gender gaps
  • Childcare
  • Job loss

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