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Female labor force intermittency and current earnings: a switching regression model with unknown sample selection
Julie L. Hotchkiss
M. Melinda Pitts
Abstract

Using the Health and Retirement Survey, this paper finds a 16 percent selectivity-corrected wage penalty among women who engage in intermittent labor market activity. This penalty is experienced at a low level of intermittent activity but appears not to play an important role in a woman’s decision to undertake such activity. In addition, employer preferences appear to play a larger role than human capital atrophy in the determination of the wage penalty.


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Julie L. Hotchkiss & M. Melinda Pitts, Female labor force intermittency and current earnings: a switching regression model with unknown sample selection, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, FRB Atlanta Working Paper 2003-33, 2003.
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