A gendered theory of employment, unemployment and sickness

BEATTY, Christina (2009). A gendered theory of employment, unemployment and sickness. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 27 (6), 958-974.

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Link to published version:: https://doi.org/10.1068/c0851


The high level of receipt of disability benefits in the UK was until the 1990s a problem predominantly affecting men. However, the number of women claimingö1.1 millionöis now on a similar scale. The decline of heavy industry produced large numbers of men with ill health and limited alternative employment prospects who claimed disability benefits. However, this explanation is problematic for women, who have seen an expansion in employment. We set out a framework that reconciles the central importance of the level of labour demand in explaining worklessness with the paradoxical simultaneous rise of women's employment and receipt of disability benefits. Women claiming disability benefits are overwhelmingly located alongside male claimants in areas where heavy industry has declined, pointing towards linkages between the `male' and `female' sides of the labour market. Additionally, there may be raised knowledge and local acceptance of disability benefits in these locations.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1068/c0851
Page Range: 958-974
Depositing User: Sarah Ward
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2011 14:33
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 21:00
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3423

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