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Gender-speci�c Differences in Labor Market Adjustment Patterns: Evidence from the United States

Dennis, Wesselbaum (2012): Gender-speci�c Differences in Labor Market Adjustment Patterns: Evidence from the United States.

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Abstract

Do men and women behave differently while adjusting labor supply over the business cycle? Using data for the United States we show that women are signifi�cantly more likely to adjust along the intensive margin (number of hours), while men adjust more often along the extensive margin (employment). Older, single, and divorced/widowed adjust predominantly along the extensive margin. Our �findings have crucial implications for the design of policy reforms, especially as governments desire to increase female labor force participation while facing demographic challenges.

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