Gender, Education and Employment
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Gender, Education and Employment

An International Comparison of School-to-Work Transitions

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
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Chapter 6: The Consequences of Shifting Education and Economic Structures for Gender Differences at Labor Market Entry: The British Case Study

Patricia McMullin and Elina Kilpi-Jakonen


As outlined in Chapter 1 of this book, women's educational attainment levels reached or even surpassed those of men in the latter half of the twentieth century in most Western societies (Vincent-Lancrin 2009). Nevertheless the gender wage gap still stands: Generally speaking, women earn less then their male counterparts (18 per cent at median earnings) in the UK (OECD 2012).

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