Gender gaps in unemployment rates in OECD countries

G Azmat, M Guell, A Manning

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In some OECD countries the male and female unemployment rates are very similar but in others (notably the Mediterranean countries) the female unemployment rate is much higher than the male. Explaining these cross-country differences is the subject of this article. We show that, in countries where there is a large gender gap in unemployment rates, there is a gender gap in both flows from employment into unemployment and from unemployment into employment. We conclude that differences in human capital accumulation between men and women interacted with labor market institutions is an important part of the explanation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-37
Number of pages37
JournalJournal of Labor Economics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2006


  • gender gap
  • unemployment rates

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