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The end of men: growing demand for women's social skills in high-paying jobs


Jaimovich, Nir (2018). The end of men: growing demand for women's social skills in high-paying jobs. Zurich, Switzerland: UBS International Center of Economics in Society, University of Zurich.

Abstract

Demand for high-skilled workers who perform cognitive tasks has increased dramatically in the United States over the past four decades, with the biggest change between 1980 and 2000. This policy brief shows that the increase in demand was not experienced equally by both genders: despite rapid growth in employment in high-paying occupations, the probability that a college-educated man was employed in such a job fell, while the prospects for college-educated women improved. The key driver seems to be growing demand for social skills, such as empathy, communication, emotion recognition and verbal expression, in which evidence from psychological research indicates that women have a comparative advantage.

Abstract

Demand for high-skilled workers who perform cognitive tasks has increased dramatically in the United States over the past four decades, with the biggest change between 1980 and 2000. This policy brief shows that the increase in demand was not experienced equally by both genders: despite rapid growth in employment in high-paying occupations, the probability that a college-educated man was employed in such a job fell, while the prospects for college-educated women improved. The key driver seems to be growing demand for social skills, such as empathy, communication, emotion recognition and verbal expression, in which evidence from psychological research indicates that women have a comparative advantage.

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Item Type:Published Research Report
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
03 Faculty of Economics > UBS International Center of Economics in Society
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:2018
Deposited On:26 Nov 2018 13:54
Last Modified:17 Sep 2019 19:44
Publisher:UBS International Center of Economics in Society, University of Zurich
Series Name:UBS Center Policy Brief Series
Number of Pages:9
OA Status:Green
Official URL:https://www.ubscenter.uzh.ch/de/publications/policy_briefs.html

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