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After the Fall of the WallLife Courses in the Transformation of East Germany$
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Martin Diewald, Anne Goedicke, and Karl Ulrich Mayer

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780804752084

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804752084.001.0001

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Lost in Transformation? Disparities of Gender and Age

Lost in Transformation? Disparities of Gender and Age

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(p.116) Chapter Six Lost in Transformation? Disparities of Gender and Age
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After the Fall of the Wall
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Heike Trappe
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804752084.003.0006

This chapter discusses the relative fortunes of women in the transformation. It examines two employment outcomes: becoming and remaining unemployed; and obtaining and sustaining positions of authority or stable employment positions. Over the course of the 1990s, a shift occurred in the gender regime in East Germany and thus a partial convergence toward the gendered arrangement prevalent in West Germany. This shift involved a move from a dual-earner/state-carer society toward a dual-earner/female part-time homemaker arrangement, in which men were employed full time while their partners held part-time jobs and retained the majority of care-giving responsibilities. It resulted primarily from some voluntary reduction in East German women's labor supply, compounded by severe demand-side constraints that hit women especially hard.

Keywords:   East Germany, women's opportunities, women's labor supply, dual-earner society, state-carer society, East German women

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