The dilemma of gender equality: How labor market regulation divides women by class
Peer reviewed, Journal article
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Original versionDaedalus. 2020, 149 (1), 86-99. 10.1162/DAED_a_01775
Women shoulder a heavier burden of family work than men in modern society, preventing them from matching male success in the external labor market. Limiting working hours is a plausible way to level the playing field by creating the possibility of less gendered roles for both sexes. But why then are heavily regulated European labor markets associated with a smaller share of women in top management positions compared with liberal market economies such as in the United States? We explain this puzzle with reference to the difficulty of ambitious women to signal their commitment to high-powered careers in regulated markets.