The Economic Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Australia: A Closer Look at Gender Gaps in Employment, Earnings and Education

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Abstract

Three years into the COVID-19 pandemic, this article considers the longer-lasting economic impacts on the Australian workforce through a gender lens. Using Australian Bureau of Statistics data, it analyses changes in employment, earnings and educational participation relative to the pre-pandemic trends that were predicted to have otherwise occurred. Despite women's employment moving back towards pre-pandemic levels more rapidly than men's, the pandemic also saw a widening of the gender gap in earnings and a larger fall in women's educational participation. This paper highlights the need for ongoing monitoring of labour market indicators through a gender lens to inform more responsive policy design.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-108
Number of pages18
JournalAustralian Economic Review
Volume56
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2023
Externally publishedYes

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