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Women in the Labor Market
The International Library of Critical Writings in Economics Series No. 90
The rapid influx of women into the labour market has come to be recognised as one of the most important economic and social developments of the latter half of the 20th century. Women in the Labor Market is an authoritative collection of those papers which have made the greatest contribution to our understanding of this development and its causes. The emphasis is on empirical work which has served either to support or undermine the theoretical foundations of this field, but also included are papers by sociologists who provide insights on economic issues not found in the work of economists. The opening section explores the causes of women's participation in the labour market. The following section investigates the nature of the work in which women are involved and the explanations for this occupational distribution. The question of earnings differentials between male and female occupations and the trends and explanations for this gender wage gap are addressed in the third section, while the penultimate section offers an exploration of the policies which have been proposed in order to improve the status of women in the labour market.
In conclusion, the impact of women's work on their lives and families is evaluated.
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'The articles reproduced here are among those that made the most significant contributions to knowledge of women's role in the labour market, and of how policies influence the outcome... It would be difficult to exaggerate the value of these volumes, bringing together as they do such a wide range of empirical research on some of the most important issues in social policy at the end of the twentieth century.' -- International Labour Review '... she [the author] provides a broad survey of the relevant literature, together with a useful bibliography. Collectively they [the articles] offer a valuable historiographical survey, drawing examples from a range of post-industrial nations while giving priority to the United States. The thoroughly grounded and sensitive introduction offers an instructive pathway through diverse strands.' -- Margaret Walsh, Labour History Review