A Meta-Analysis of the International Gender Wage Gap

Weichselbaumer, Doris and Winter-Ebmer, Rudolf (November 2003) A Meta-Analysis of the International Gender Wage Gap. IHS Economics Series 143

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Abstract: Since the early seventies, hundreds of authors have calculated gender wage differentials between women and men of equal productivity. This meta-study provides a quantitative review of this vast amount of empirical literature on gender wagediscrimination as it concerns differences in methodology, data, countries and time periods. We place particular emphasis on a proper consideration of the quality of the underlying study which is done by a weighting with quality indicators. The results show that data restrictions have the biggest impact on the resulting gender wage gap. Moreover, we are able to show what effect a misspecification of the underlying wage equation - like the frequent use of potential experience - has on the calculated gender wage gap. Over time, raw wage differentials world-wide have fallen substantially; however, most of this decrease is due to an increased labor market productivity of females.;

Item Type: IHS Series
Keywords: 'Gender wage differential' 'Meta-analysis'
Classification Codes (e.g. JEL): J16, J31, J71
Status: Published
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2014 10:37
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2017 17:03
URI: http://irihs.ihs.ac.at/id/eprint/1527

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