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Sexually Integrated Workplaces and Divorce: Another Form of On-the-Job Search

Terra G. McKinnish
The Journal of Human Resources
Vol. 42, No. 2 (Spring, 2007), pp. 331-352
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40057308
Page Count: 22
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Abstract

As women have entered the work force and occupational sex segregation has declined, workers experience increased contact with the opposite sex on the job. The sex mix a worker encounters on the job should affect the cost of search for alternative mates and therefore the probability of divorce. This paper uses 1990 Census data to calculate the sex mix by industry-occupation cell. These results are then used to predict divorce among ever-married respondents in the 1990 Census and the NLSY79. The results indicate that those who work with a larger fraction of workers of the opposite sex are more likely to be divorced.

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