Explaining age and gender differences in employment rates: a labor supply side perspective

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This paper takes a labor supply perspective (neoclassical labor supply, job search) to explain the lower employment rates of older workers and women. The basic rationale is that workers choose non-employment if their reservation wages are larger than the offered wages. Whereas the latter depend on workers’ productivity and firms’ decisions, reservation wages are largely determined by workers’ endowments and preferences for leisure. To shed some empirical light on this issue, we use German survey data to analyze age and gender differences in reservation and entry wages, preferred and actual working hours, and satisfaction with leisure and work.

Titel in ÜbersetzungEine Erklärung alters- und geschlechtsspezifischer Unterschiede in den Beschäftigungsquoten: Die Sicht des Arbeitsangebots
ZeitschriftJournal for Labour Market Research
Seiten (von - bis)1-17
Anzahl der Seiten17
PublikationsstatusErschienen - 01.03.2013