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Gender, Education and Employment

Gender, Education and Employment

An International Comparison of School-to-Work Transitions

eduLIFE Lifelong Learning series

Edited by Hans-Peter Blossfeld, Jan Skopek, Moris Triventi and Sandra Buchholz

For much of the twentieth century, women lagged considerably behind men in their educational attainment. However, in recent decades, young women have become an important source of human capital for labor markets in modern societies, as well as potential competitors to the male workforce. This book asks whether or not women have been able to convert their educational success into gains on the labor market

Chapter 1: Gender Differences at Labor Market Entry: The Effect of Changing Educational Pathways and Institutional Structures

Hans-Peter Blossfeld, Sandra Buchholz, Johanna Dämmrich, Elina Kilpi-Jakonen, Yuliya Kosyakova and Jan Skopek

Subjects: development studies, family and gender policy, education, education policy, social policy and sociology, comparative social policy, education policy, sociology and sociological theory


In recent years, women have become increasingly successful in the educational systems of almost all Western societies, and they have now surpassed men in terms of educational attainment (Vincent-Lancrin 2008; Van Bavel 2012; DiPrete and Buchmann 2013). This process has been part of an educational expansion from which younger cohorts of females have profited more than their male contemporaries.