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The Impact of Female Labour Force Participation on Household Income Inequality in Switzerland

Ursina Kuhn
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Published Online: 2017-02-28 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sjs-2017-0006


This contribution investigates the link between female labour force participation and household income inequality using data from the Swiss Household Panel (2000-2014). Through index decomposition analyses, we find that female labour force participation has slightly attenuated household income inequality over time. Women’s entry into the labour market, higher work percentages within part-time work - but not the shift from part-time to full-time work - and the weak correlation in partner’s earnings have contributed to this effect.

Keywords: female labour force participation; income inequality; part-time work; index decomposition; household types


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Published Online: 2017-02-28

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Citation Information: Swiss Journal of Sociology, Volume 43, Issue 1, Pages 115–136, ISSN (Online) 2297-8348, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sjs-2017-0006.

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