Gender Gaps From Labour Market Shocks

Ria Ivandic, Anne Sophie Lassen

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Many workers will face unemployment at some point during their careers, and research shows that job loss can lead to persistently lower earnings. But that research is chiefly about men. This column studies plant closures in Denmark to estimate gender gaps in labour market outcomes. Immediately following job loss, women face a 40–45% greater risk of unemployment than men and lose a larger share of their earnings. Differences in labour market experience and education explain less than half the gap; the unequal division of childcare responsibilities helps explain the rest.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date1 Oct 2023
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherCentre for Economic Policy Research
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2023


  • Job loss
  • Gender wage gap
  • Denmark

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