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Event Number 2988

  Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Chaos & Complex Systems Seminar
The effects of human capital depreciation on occupational gender segregation
Time: 12:05 pm
Place: 4274 Chamberlin (refreshments will be served)
Speaker: Hsueh-Hsiang (Cher) Li, UW Department of Economics
Abstract: This talk analyzes how human capital depreciation affects occupational gender segregation. Prior studies are generally biased because, given an occupational depreciation rate, female workers endogenously choose the duration of leave. I address this problem by proposing an alternative depreciation measure utilizing involuntary job displacement shocks. Using this depreciation proxy along with additional pecuniary and non-pecuniary occupational attributes, I estimate a conditional logit model of occupational choices separately for male and female college graduates. My results show that women have a stronger distaste than men for occupations with high human capital depreciation.<br>
Host: Sprott
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