At What Level of Labor Market Intermittency Are Women Penalized?

TitleAt What Level of Labor Market Intermittency Are Women Penalized?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsHotchkiss, JL, M. Pitts, M
JournalAmerican Economic Review
Call Numberpubs_2003_Hotchkiss-Pitts_AER.pdf
KeywordsEmployment and Labor Force, Women and Minorities

A common explanation offered for the observed wage differential between men and
women is that women are less attached to the
labor market; they exhibit a greater degree of
labor-market intermittency than do men. There
are several theories that explain this link between intermittency and lower wages, including
differences in human-capital attainment, atrophy of skills during absences, and preferences
of employers (see e.g., Solomon W. Polachek
and W. Stanley Siebert, 1993; Joyce P. Jacobsen and Laurence M. Levin, 1995; James W.
Albrecht et al., 2000). The goal of this paper is
to explore in greater depth the role past labormarket intermittency plays in the determination
of a woman’s current wage and at what level of
intermittent activity women can expect to have
that activity affect her wage


RDA 2001-001 Pitts

Endnote Keywords

Women, Working/Labor Market

Endnote ID


Citation Key6895