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The gender wage gap in experimental labor markets

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  • Schwieren, Christiane
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    We analyze the gender wage gap in experimental markets. Women receive but do not request significantly lower wages than men. This hurts firms, as women react with low effort. Additionally, women tend to react differently than men to wage levels.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

    Volume (Year): 117 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 592-595

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:117:y:2012:i:3:p:592-595

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    Keywords: Discrimination; Gender; Gift exchange; Experiment;

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