My Brilliant Career: Characterizing the Early Labor Market Trajectories of British Women From Generation X

Michael Anyadike-Danes and Duncan McVicar: My Brilliant Career: Characterizing the Early Labor Market Trajectories of British Women From Generation X Sociological Methods Research 2010 38: 482-512.

Michael Anyadike-DanesDuncan McvicarThis article uses longitudinal data from the British Cohort Study to examinethe early labor market trajectories—the careers—of more than 5,000 women aged 16 to 29 years. Conventional event history approaches focus on particular transitions, the return to work after childbirth, for example, whereas the authors treat female careers more holistically, using sequence methods and cluster analysis to arrive at a rich but readily interpretable description of the data. The authors’ typology presents a fuller picture of the underlying heterogeneity of female career paths that may not be revealed by more conventional transition-focused methods. Furthermore, the authors contributeto the small but growing literature on sequence analysis of female laborforce participation by using their typology to show how careers are related to family background and school experiences.

Key Words: optimal matching, female labor force participation, intergenerational mobility

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