Gender Ratios, Labor Markets and Social Stability. Evidence from Regional Variation in Germany
Young women disproportionately
migrate from eastern to western Germany, leaving behind a historically unique
imbalance in the gender ratio in many East German regions. In some East German counties,
100 men between 20 and 30 years of age are faced with less than 80 women of the
same age. An improved understanding of the causes and consequences of this
recent development is of high policy relevance. The project seeks to
empirically examine the relationship between gender ratios, labour market
outcomes and social stability based on a
regional analysis. As a starting point, both the temporal and spatial pattern
of the gender ratio at the level of the German counties are to be described.
Based on econometric techniques, a second part of the project aims at identifiying
the impact of the labour market and the marriage market on regional gender
ratios. However, the main focus of the project will be to identify the causal
impact of the gender ratio on labour market outcomes and social stability.
Duration: 01.03.2008 - 31.12.2008