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Occupational Segregation and the Gender Wage Gap in a Dynamic East Asian Economy

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  • Joseph E. Zveglich Jr.

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    (Sri Lanka Resident Mission, Asian Development Bank)

  • Yana van der Meulen Rodgers

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    (Department of Economics, College of William and Mary)

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    Labor markets in the East Asian “miracle” economies have undergone profound changes in recent decades as their comparative advantage in low-wage labor diminished and jobs shifted toward higher-skill manufacturing and services. This study uses an occupational decomposition technique to examine how such shifts in East Asia's occupational structures have affected trends in their gender wage gaps. The wage gap is decomposed into across-occupation and within-occupation factors that are each further separated into wage and employment components. Results based on a comprehensive labor force data set for Taiwan show that within-occupation pay discrepancies account for the bulk of gender wage inequity.

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    Article provided by Southern Economic Association in its journal Southern Economic Journal.

    Volume (Year): 70 (2004)
    Issue (Month): 4 (April)
    Pages: 850-875

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    Handle: RePEc:sej:ancoec:v:70:4:y:2004:p:850-875

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    Cited by:
    1. Bishop, John A. & Grodner, Andrew & Liu, Haiyong & Chiou, Jong-Rong, 2007. "Gender earnings differentials in Taiwan: A stochastic frontier approach," Journal of Asian Economics, Elsevier, vol. 18(6), pages 934-945, December.
    2. Deborah Cobb-Clark & Michelle Tan, 2009. "Noncognitive Skills, Occupational Attainment, and Relative Wages," CEPR Discussion Papers 612, Centre for Economic Policy Research, Research School of Economics, Australian National University.
    3. Ebru Kongar & Mark Price, 2010. "Offshoring of white-collar jobs in the United States and gendered outcomes," International Journal of Manpower, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 31(8), pages 888-907, November.

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