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Decomposition of the Gender Wage Gap Using Matching: an Application for Switzerland

Djurdjevic, Dragana ; Radyakin, Sergiy :
Decomposition of the Gender Wage Gap Using Matching: an Application for Switzerland.
[Online-Edition: http://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/4770]
In: Darmstadt Discussion Papers in Economics , 155 . Darmstadt
[Report] , (2005)

Offizielle URL: http://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/4770

Kurzbeschreibung (Abstract)

In this paper, we investigate the gender wage differentials for Switzerland. Using micro data from the Swiss Labour Force Survey, we apply a matching method to decompose the wage gap in Switzerland. Compared to the traditional Oaxaca-Blinder decomposition, this nonparametric technique does not require any estimation of wage equations and accounts for wage differences that can be due to differences in the support. Our estimation results show that the problem of gender differences in the supports matter in explaining wage differentials. We can interpret these differences as a form of “discrimination” which is reflected in wages because women face “barriers to the entry” in accessing certain individual characteristics that men achieve. As a consequence, accounting for these differences in gender supports may be useful in terms of policy implications in promoting more equality between men and women.

Typ des Eintrags: Report
Erschienen: 2005
Autor(en): Djurdjevic, Dragana ; Radyakin, Sergiy
Titel: Decomposition of the Gender Wage Gap Using Matching: an Application for Switzerland
Sprache: Englisch
Kurzbeschreibung (Abstract):

In this paper, we investigate the gender wage differentials for Switzerland. Using micro data from the Swiss Labour Force Survey, we apply a matching method to decompose the wage gap in Switzerland. Compared to the traditional Oaxaca-Blinder decomposition, this nonparametric technique does not require any estimation of wage equations and accounts for wage differences that can be due to differences in the support. Our estimation results show that the problem of gender differences in the supports matter in explaining wage differentials. We can interpret these differences as a form of “discrimination” which is reflected in wages because women face “barriers to the entry” in accessing certain individual characteristics that men achieve. As a consequence, accounting for these differences in gender supports may be useful in terms of policy implications in promoting more equality between men and women.

Reihe: Darmstadt Discussion Papers in Economics
Band: 155
Ort: Darmstadt
Freie Schlagworte: discrimination, gender wage gap, matching
Fachbereich(e)/-gebiet(e): 01 Fachbereich Rechts- und Wirtschaftswissenschaften
01 Fachbereich Rechts- und Wirtschaftswissenschaften > Volkswirtschaftliche Fachgebiete
Hinterlegungsdatum: 31 Jan 2016 20:59
Offizielle URL: http://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/4770
URN: urn:nbn:de:tuda-tuprints-47708
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JEL - Classification : J17, J31, I10

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