Authors: Bredemeier, Christian
Juessen, Falko
Winkler, Roland
Title: Man-cessions, fiscal policy, and the gender composition of employment
Language (ISO): en
Abstract: In recessions, predominantly men lose their jobs, which has given rise to the term ”mancessions”. We analyze whether fiscal expansions bring men back into jobs. To do so, we estimate vector-autoregressive models and identify the effects of fiscal shocks and non-fiscal shocks on the gender composition of employment. We show that contractionary non-fiscal shocks lead to man-cessions, i.e. employment falls and more strongly so for men. By contrast, an expansionary fiscal shock predominantly raises the employment of women. Taken together, these results imply a trade-off dilemma for policy that seeks to stabilize the level of employment along with its composition.
Subject Headings: employment
business cycles
fiscal policy
Issue Date: 2015
Appears in Collections:Sonderforschungsbereich (SFB) 823

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