Life-cycle patterns in male/female differences in job search

Astrid Kunze, Kenneth R. Troske

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We investigate whether women search longer for a job than men and whether these differences change over the life cycle. Our empirical analysis exploits German register data on highly attached displaced workers. We apply duration models to analyze gender differences in job search taking into account observed and unobserved worker heterogeneity and censoring. Simple survival functions show that displaced women take longer to find a new job than comparable men. Disaggregation by age groups reveals that these differences are driven by differential behavior of women in their prime-childbearing years. There is no significant difference in job search duration among the very young and older workers. These differential outcomes remain even after we control for differences in human capital and when unobserved heterogeneity is incorporated into the model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)176-185
Number of pages10
JournalLabour Economics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2012


  • Discrimination
  • Displaced workers
  • Gender differences
  • Job search
  • Wage differences

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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