Women Move Differently: Job Separations and Gender

26 Pages Posted: 30 Aug 2010

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Boris Hirsch

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

Claus Schnabel

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg; IZA Institute of Labor Economics


Using a large German linked employer-employee data set and methods of competing risks analysis, this paper investigates gender differences in job separation rates to employment and nonemployment. In line with descriptive evidence, we find lower job-to-job and higher job-to-nonemployment transition probabilities for women than men when controlling for individual and workplace characteristics and unobserved plant heterogeneity. These differences vanish once we allow these characteristics to affect separations differently by gender. When additionally controlling for wages, we find that both separation rates are considerably lower and also significantly less wage-elastic for women than for men.

Keywords: job separations, gender, gender pay gap, Germany

JEL Classification: J62, J63, J16

Suggested Citation

Hirsch, Boris and Schnabel, Claus, Women Move Differently: Job Separations and Gender. IZA Discussion Paper No. 5154, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1667778

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Claus Schnabel

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