The Impact of Female Labour Force Participation on Household Income Inequality in Switzerland

Ursina Kuhn 1  and Laura Ravazzini 2
  • 1 Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences (FORS), University of Lausanne, CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 2 University of Neuchâtel, CH-2000 Neuchâtel, Switzerland


This contribution investigates the link between female labour force participation and household income inequality using data from the Swiss Household Panel (2000-2014). Through index decomposition analyses, we find that female labour force participation has slightly attenuated household income inequality over time. Women’s entry into the labour market, higher work percentages within part-time work - but not the shift from part-time to full-time work - and the weak correlation in partner’s earnings have contributed to this effect.

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