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Recent unemployment has had a disproportionate impact on women, according to a study published by the Centre for Economic Policy Research’s VoxEU, which promotes research-based economic policy analysis. Using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the authors found that the “she-cession” caused by the COVID-19 pandemic increased women’s unemployment by 2.9 percentage points over men.

In “The shecession (she-recession) of 2020: Causes and consequences,” authors from Northwestern University, the University of California, San Diego, and the University of Mannheim found this is a departure from unemployment trends of previous recessions, which either affected men and women equally, or had a disproportionate effect on men.

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