November 2016

IZA DP No. 10386: Biology and Gender in the Labor Market

published in: S. L. Averett, L. M. Argys and S. D. Hoffman (eds.): The Oxford Handbook of Women and the Economy, Oxford, 2018 (http://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190628963.001.0001/oxfordhb-9780190628963-e-15)

Can biology help us to better understand gender differences in labor market behavior and outcomes? This chapter reviews the emerging literature which sheds light on this question, considering research in four broad areas: i) behavioral endocrinology; ii) human genetics; iii) neuroeconomics; and iv) sensory functioning and time-space perceptions.