Women Directors: The Italian Way and Beyond by Paola Profeta, Livia Amidani Aliberti, Alessandra Casarico,

By Paola Profeta, Livia Amidani Aliberti, Alessandra Casarico, Marilisa D’Amico, Anna Puccio (auth.)

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And Petrongolo, B. (2008) ‘Unequal pay or unequal employment: A cross-country analysis of gender gaps’, Journal of Labor Economics, Volume 26, pp. 621–54. Pfau-Effinger (2000) Conclusion: Gender Culture, Gender Arrangements and Social Change in the European Context, in Duncan S. and Pfau-Effinger B. (eds) Gender, Economy and Culture in the European Union (Routledge, London). World Economic Forum (2013) The Global Gender Gap Report. Data sources European Commission, She Figures, 2012 Report, available online.

Firms’ beliefs, which express their set of ideas, values and norms, though generally neglected, are as important as individuals’ attitudes to explain female labour market outcomes. Using an instrumental variable analysis, they show that both indices of gender culture are significant in explaining the gender gap in employment in Italian provinces. The role of firms The interaction between firms’ expectations of the time and energy that women and men will spend on the labour market and bargaining within the family on the division of household chores is crucial in generating a lack of gender equality.

3 Female temporary workers Source: Eurostat/SES, 2013. gender – which should not matter for productivity. 2 A second indicator is the number of temporary workers. 3 shows the share of female temporary workers in Europe. 6% of women holding a temporary job. 1%. The widespread higher involvement of women in temporary jobs signals, however, a lower involuntary attachment of women to the formal labour market. 4). 6% of men. This gender gap is very strong also for other European countries, with men’s rate of part-time work rarely exceeding 10%.

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