Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Reconciling Gender Differences in the Returns to Education in Self-Employment: Does Occupation Matter?


Compared to self-employed men, self-employed women have more education but considerably lower earnings, generating differences in the returns to education by gender. This paper finds evidence that men typically benefit from a complementary relationship between education and earnings. However, women are heterogenous in their returns to education. Women who self-employ in traditionally female occupations do not benefit from this complementary relationship, and women who self-employ in traditionally male occupations earn returns that are more similar to the male experience.
Source:  The Journal of Socio-Economics

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