More than a She-recession. Long-term feminization and short-term pandemic effects

Abstract

The Covid-19 crisis has been defined as a She-recession because of its disproportionate impact on female employment by contrast to past recessions defined as Man-recessions, for the usual disproportionate impact on men. The roots of the She-recession can be however traced back to the persistence of gender asymmetries both intra-household and extra-household in the labour market, a phenomenon known as feminization. This paper aims at measuring and explaining the gender differences in the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the Italian labour market from a macroeconomic perspective. We measure the duration, depth, and diffusion of the Covid-19 crisis on job losses, structural unemployment, and inactivity. We find that the impact of the Covid-19 crisis has been more than proportional for women, especially for low-educated female workers and for those working in the South during 2020.

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Keywords

Covid-19, Disparità di genere, Occupazione femminile

Citation

Nelli L., Virgillito M.E. (2023), More than a She-recession. Long-term feminization and short-term pandemic effects, Sinappsi, XIII, n.2, pp.23-58 <https://oa.inapp.org/xmlui/handle/20.500.12916/4063>

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