Gender Gaps in Employment and Earnings After Job Loss

Ria Ivandic, Anne Sophie Lassen

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Article highlights:
- Job loss leads to persistently lower earnings and higher unemployment, but little is known about gender differences.
- Focusing on workers who lost their job due to a plant closure, we examine gender gaps and disentangle the role of child care responsibilities, experience, and education.
- We find that women face a 40–45 percent greater risk of unemployment and lower earnings in the first two years after job loss.
- The majority of the gap remains even when we compare men and women with similar labor market experience and socioeconomic characteristics.
- The gender gap for unemployment risk is more than twice as large when the workers have children.
- If these differences by presence of children did not exist, the earnings gender gap would be half as large, and the employment gender gap would be one-third smaller.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2
JournalEmployment Research Newsletter
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)5-7
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2023

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