Unemployment and working hours of women and men during the pandemic

Jelena Todorovic, Philippe Van Kerm, Eugenio Peluso

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Nearly all modern recessions have had one thing in common: men’s employment has been affected significantly more than that of women. At least this was the case until 2020, with the recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only has it been unique in terms of its origin, but also in terms of its impact on the labour market: for the first time women were significantly more likely than men to be laid off, furloughed or to experience a reduction in working hours. This has led some economists to coin the term “shecession” (she + recession) to describe the recent economic downturn (...)
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
Place of PublicationEsch-Belval
Publication statusPublished - 17 Aug 2021

Publication series

NameLISER-MEGA series on gender issues in the COVID-19 pandemic
PublisherLISER, Gouvernement du Luxembourg, Ministère de l’Égalité entre les femmes et les hommes (MEGA)


  • COVID-19
  • pandemic
  • gender equality
  • shecession

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  • LISER-MEGA series on gender dimensions of the COVID-19 pandemic

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