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Changes in the Gender Wage Gap and the Returns to Firm Specific Human Capital

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  • Walsh, F.
  • Strobl, E.

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If females have a higher probability of separating from job ex ante than males, then efficient cost sharing of the on-the-job trainig inplies females will have steeper tenure profiles. Becker and Lindsay (1994) argue that this is true empirically. Updating the analysis we find that the probability of women leaving jobs has fallen and tenure slopes and starting pay of males and females with given characteristics in long-term jobs converged significantly.

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Paper provided by College Dublin, Department of Political Economy- in its series Papers with number 99/7.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: 1999
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Handle: RePEc:fth:dublec:99/7

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Keywords: LABOUR MARKET ; WAGES ; SEX DISCRIMINATION;

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  1. Light, Audrey & Ureta, Manuelita, 1992. "Panel Estimates of Male and Female Job Turnover Behavior: Can Female Nonquitters Be Identified?," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 10(2), pages 156-81, April.
  2. Hersch, Joni & Reagan, Patricia B, 1997. "Worker Effort Decisions and Efficient Gender-Specific Wage-Tenure Profiles," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 35(1), pages 193-207, January.
  3. James Coleman, 1998. "Do women earn higher returns to tenure than men? Evidence from the new earnings survey," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 5(2), pages 65-68.
  4. Becker, Elizabeth & Lindsay, Cotton M, 1994. "Sex Differences in Tenure Profiles: Effects of Shared Firm-Specific Investment," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 12(1), pages 98-118, January.
  5. Blau, Francine D & Kahn, Lawrence M, 1997. "Swimming Upstream: Trends in the Gender Wage Differential in 1980s," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 15(1), pages 1-42, January.
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