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Analysing the Gender Wage Gap (GWG) Using Personnel Records

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  • Christian Pfeifer
  • Tatjana Sohr

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We use monthly personnel records of a large German company for the years 1999-2005 to analyse the gender wage gap (GWG). The unconditional GWG is 15 per cent for blue-collar and 26 per cent for white-collar workers. Different returns to entry age explain a substantial part of the GWG as well as segregation of men and women in different hierarchical levels. The relative GWG increases with increasing tenure for blue-collar but declines for white-collar workers. Taking into account the different impact of general and firm-specific human capital on white-collar and blue-collar occupation, this is consistent with theories of statistical discrimination. Copyright 2009 CEIS, Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini and Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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Article provided by CEIS in its journal LABOUR.

Volume (Year): 23 (2009)
Issue (Month): 2 (06)
Pages: 257-282

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Handle: RePEc:bla:labour:v:23:y:2009:i:2:p:257-282

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  1. Pfeifer, Christian, 2012. "Base Salaries, Bonus Payments, and Work Absence among Managers in a German Company," IZA Discussion Papers 7088, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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