Gender Gaps and the Rise of the Service Economy

@article{Ngai2013GenderGA,
  title={Gender Gaps and the Rise of the Service Economy},
  author={Rachel Ngai and Barbara Petrongolo},
  journal={Comparative Political Economy: Comparative Capitalism eJournal},
  year={2013}
}
This paper investigates the role of the rise of services in the narrowing of gender gaps in hours and wages in recent decades. We document the between-industry component of the rise in female work for the U.S., and propose a model economy with goods, services and home production, in which women have a comparative advantage in producing market and home services. The rise of services, driven by structural transformation and marketization of home production, acts as a gender-biased demand shift… Expand
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