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Gendered TrajectoriesWomen, Work, and Social Change in Japan and Taiwan$
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Wei-hsin Yu

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804760096

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804760096.001.0001

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The Development of Women's Labor Market Experiences

The Development of Women's Labor Market Experiences

(p.21) Chapter Two The Development of Women's Labor Market Experiences
Gendered Trajectories
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This chapter discusses how women's employment trajectories have differed between Japan and Taiwan, as well as the consequences of these differences. Using survey data containing individuals' detailed work histories, the discussion show changes in women's timing and duration of labor force participation, as well as their frequency of job shifts over time. This analysis helps establish the critical time points when women in these two countries began to diverge in their patterns of labor force participation. It also compares men's and women's career processes in both countries, examining the implications of the gender difference in work trajectories for women's income and occupational attainment over the long run. It presents evidence that women's decisions to continue their jobs after marriage and childbirth play a crucial role in shaping their lifetime economic status.

Keywords:   work history, labor force participation, gender difference, job shifts, work trajectories, marriage, childbirth

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