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Identifier 000416218
Title Trends in female participation in the greek labor market
Alternative Title Τάσεις στη συμμετοχή των γυναικών στην ελληνική αγορά εργασίας
Author Πετράκης, Ιωάννης
Thesis advisor δ. Νικολίτσα
Abstract The present thesis investigates long-term trends in female participation in the Greek labor market. Female labor force participation in the Greek labor market lags behind that of the most developed countries in the OECD and of the European Union (EU). However, female labor force participation in Greece increased by over 20 percentage points between the beginning of the 1980s and 2011 while it increased further during the recent economic crisis. The analysis presented herein decomposes the growth in the female participation rate between 1993 and 2016. The dataset used is the Greek Labor Force Survey (GLFS). The model type used is binary age-period-cohort Logit model. A number of assumptions are made to identify the three effects separately. There are two types of the statistical model estimated. Model I uses an unemployment by education level variable as a proxy variable for the period effects. Model II assumes that cohort effects are declining over time and uses a logarithmic transformation of the year of birth as a proxy for the cohort effects. The results suggest that the increasing rate of female participation is mostly due to cohort effects (about 46% of the increase is due to unobserved cohort effect) and the education level improvement (about 33% of the increase is due to education effects). The third in importance variable that has influenced the change in participation rates are age effects (reflecting the change in the age composition of the population) explaining around 12% of the total increase in the participation decision. Period effects in the form of the unemployment, on the other hand, have exercised a negative influence on the participation rate as in 2016 the unemployment rate is higher than in 1993, and the unemployment coefficient estimate is negative.
Language English
Issue date 2018
Collection   Faculty/Department--Faculty of Social Sciences--Department of Economics--Post-graduate theses
  Type of Work--Post-graduate theses
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