This article uses unit record data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey, a project initiated and funded by the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) and managed by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research. The findings and views reported in this article, however, are those of the authors and should not be attributed to either FaHCSIA or the Melbourne Institute.
Gender Differences in Involuntary Job Loss: Why Are Men More Likely to Lose Their Jobs?
Article first published online: 18 MAR 2013
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Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society
Volume 52, Issue 2, pages 582–608, April 2013
How to Cite
Wilkins, R. and Wooden, M. (2013), Gender Differences in Involuntary Job Loss: Why Are Men More Likely to Lose Their Jobs?. Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, 52: 582–608. doi: 10.1111/irel.12024
- Issue published online: 18 MAR 2013
- Article first published online: 18 MAR 2013
Empirical studies have consistently reported that rates of involuntary job loss are significantly lower among female employees than among males. Only rarely, however, have the reasons for this differential been the subject of detailed investigation. In this article, household panel survey data from Australia are used that also find higher rates of job loss among men than among women. This differential, however, largely disappears once controls for industry and occupation are included. These findings suggest that the observed gender differential primarily reflects systematic differences in the types of jobs into which men and women select.