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Conceptualising influences on women’s employment transitions: from various sociological and economic theories towards an integrated approach

Cristina Solera

in Women in and out of paid work

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9781861349309
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304319 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861349309.003.0002
Conceptualising influences on women’s employment transitions: from various sociological and economic theories towards an integrated approach

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Women's labour market participation, marriage, fertility behaviour and, generally, gender roles changed dramatically during the second half of the twentieth century. Such changes have dominated the academic and political debate and generated an enormous body of empirical and theoretical literature. This chapter reviews various theories to identify the different potential micro and macro determinants of women's employment patterns, and to propose an integrated approach that considers the interplay among supply-side, demand-side, cultural, material, and institutional factors. It considers the effects of education, wages, and class; effects of preferences, social norms, and moral rationalities; effects of the family; effects of the welfare state; and labour market effects.

Keywords: labour market participation; education; wages; class; social norms; family; welfare state

Chapter.  17872 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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