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Wage determination and the gender pay gap: A feminist political economy analysis and decomposition

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  • Maria Karamessini
  • Elias Ioakimoglou
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    This paper develops a heterodox analytical framework of wage determination and a new method of decomposition of the gender pay gap drawing on Marxian and feminist theories. The proposed framework utilizes two wage equations for the analysis of the gender gap: the first equation refers to average occupational wages and the second to individual wages as deviations from occupational wages. Using a data set for wages from industries in Greece, this paper demonstrates and explains differences in results between this proposed decomposition of the gender pay gap and that of Oaxaca-Blinder, and discusses the merits of this new technique compared to the Brown-Moon-Zoloth method. The authors argue that the main advantage of this proposed method of decomposition over the other two methods is that the proposed method allows for separate estimates of the impact of social and individual gender wage discrimination on the gender pay gap.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Feminist Economics.

    Volume (Year): 13 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 31-66

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:femeco:v:13:y:2007:i:1:p:31-66

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    Keywords: Wage determination; gender pay gap; decomposition method; JEL Codes: J16; J31; E11;

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