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Gender differences in Okun's law across the Italian regions

Bonaventura, Luigi and Cellini, Roberto and Sambataro, Mario (2018): Gender differences in Okun's law across the Italian regions.


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This article provides the estimation of a basic version of the Okun law in the Italian regions, distinguishing between male and female unemployment rate. It shows that relevant differences exist across the regions, concerning not only the size of the Okun coefficients, but also the different sensitivity of male and female unemployment rate to GDP growth. While in Northern regions, the change of female unemployment is more sensitive to the variation of GDP as compared to the male unemployment, the opposite occurs in the Southern regions (characterized by lower GDP and higher unemployment rates), where the Okun coefficient is insignificant for women in several cases.

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