fbpx The Dilemma of Gender Equality: How Labor Market Regulation Divides Women by Class | Harvard Kennedy School

Additional Authors:

  • Torben Iversen


2019, Paper, "Women shoulder a heavier burden of family work than men in modern society, preventing them from matching male success in the external labor market. Limiting working hours is a plausible way to level the playing field by creating the possibility of less gendered roles for both sexes. But why then are heavily regulated European labor markets associated with a smaller share of women in top management positions compared with liberal market economies such as in the United States? We explain this puzzle with reference to the difficulty of ambitious women to signal their commitment to high-powered careers in regulated markets."

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