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Comparative analysis using large scale national data sources of women's employment

Dex, S and Laurie, H (1996) 'Comparative analysis using large scale national data sources of women's employment.' Bulletin de Méthodologie Sociologique, 52 (1). 55 - 77. ISSN 0759-1063

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This paper considers two main questions. First, how do the various theoretical frameworks for carrying out comparative research help us to gain a better understanding of the role women are playing in the labour markets of advanced industrial economies and are some better suited than others for this task? Secondly, we ask whether research practice can lead to better theorising on comparative research. The paper discusses the usefulness of various theoretical frameworks through the experience of using a number of cross-national data sets including a European Science Foundation network of Household Panel Studies and a number of two-country cross-sectional comparative studies. The paper argues that there may be things which can be learnt from engaging in the process of doing comparative research which are relevant to theorising about such research, and which are to some extent independent of the theoretical approach taken up at the outset. Cross-National Research, Cross-cultural Research, Comparability, Women's Labour Market Behaviour. © 1996, SAGE Publications and Association Internationale de Méthodologie Sociologique. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2014 11:44
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2019 01:15

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