June 2011

IZA DP No. 5825: The Effect of Public Sector Employment on Women's Labour Market Outcomes

Brindusa Anghel, Sara de la Rica, Juan J. Dolado

published in: I. Sanchez de Madariaga, S. de la Rica and J. Dolado (Eds.), Libro Blanco sobre la Situación de la Mujer en la Ciencia Espaniola. Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación, Madrid, 2011

This paper addresses the role played by Public Sector (PS) employment across different OECD labour markets in explaining: (i) gender differences regarding choices to work in either PS or private sector, and (ii) subsequent changes in female labour market outcomes. To do so, we provide some empirical evidence about cross-country gender differences in choice of employment in the PS vs. the private sector, using the European Community Household Panel (ECHP), in the light of different theories on gender behaviour in the labour market. We also analyze the main determinants of the hourly wage gaps across these two sectors for males and females separately. Finally, we document the main stylized facts about labour market transitions by male and female workers among inactivity, unemployment, working in the PS and working in the private sector.