The Changing Nature of Gender Selection into Employment: Europe Over the Great Recession

43 Pages Posted: 7 Jul 2016

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Juan Dolado

European University Institute

Cecilia García-Peñalosa

Aix-Marseille University

Linas Tarasonis

Vilnius University; Bank of Lithuania

Date Written: June 2016


The aim of this paper is to evaluate the role played by selectivity issues induced by nonemployment in explaining gender wage gap patterns in the EU since the onset of the Great Recession. We show that male selection into the labour market, traditionally disregarded, has increased. This is particularly the case in peripheral European countries, where dramatic drops in male unskilled jobs have taken place during the crisis. As regards female selection, traditionally positive, we document mixed findings. While it has declined in some countries, as a result of increasing female LFP due to an added-worker effect, it has become even more positive in other countries. This is due to adverse labour demand shifts in industries which are intensive in temporary work where women are over-represented. These adverse shifts may have more than offset the rise in unskilled female labour supply.

Suggested Citation

Dolado, Juan and García-Peñalosa, Cecilia and Tarasonis, Linas, The Changing Nature of Gender Selection into Employment: Europe Over the Great Recession (June 2016). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP11367, Available at SSRN:

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