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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 7: The Role of Gender and Education in Early Labor Market Careers: Long-Term Trends in Italy

Paolo Barbieri, Giorgio Cutuli, Michele Lugo and Stefani Scherer

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


This chapter describes gender inequalities in early labor market careers and their changes over time while focusing particularly on the role of education. We first look at the horizontal dimension of gender inequalities that is represented by the different allocation of men and women across occupational sectors.

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