The Male Marital Wage Premium in Germany: Selection versus Specialization
AbstractEmpirical research consistently confirms a marital wage premium (MWP) for men, which is explained by selection (high earnings potentials being more attractive on the marriage market) or specialization (husbands being more productive because their wives take over household chores). We investigate the MWP in Germany using a shifting panel design for marriages between 1993 and 2003 in the German Socio-Economic Panel. Non-parametric matching of marrying men (treatment group) with single or cohabiting men (control groups) reveals that husbands' higher wages are mostly due to positive selection. There is rather weak evidence for specialization to explain the conditional MWP between married and cohabiting men.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by Duncker & Humblot, Berlin in its journal Schmollers Jahrbuch.
Volume (Year): 127 (2007)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
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- J12 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure
- J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
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