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Using education to reduce the wage gap between men and women

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  • Miki, Malul
  • Yuval, Fany

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Using a theoretical model we analyzed the decision of men and women to acquire human capital in the form of extra education. We found that women tend to seek higher levels of education than men in an attempt to reduce the wage gap between themselves and their male peers. We also showed that for women with strong abilities, this strategy is an effective one.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics).

Volume (Year): 40 (2011)
Issue (Month): 4 (August)
Pages: 412-416

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Handle: RePEc:eee:soceco:v:40:y:2011:i:4:p:412-416

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Keywords: Gender Human capital Labor market;

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