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Wage differences between women and men in Sweden - the impact of skill mismatch

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  • Johansson, Mats

    (Institute for Futures Studies)

  • Katz, Katarina

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    (Department of Economics and Business, Karlstad University)

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    We investigate skill mismatch and its impact on gender differences in wage gap and in returns to education in Sweden 1993 to 2002.Women are more likely to have more formal education than what is normally required for their occupation (overeducation), while men are more likely to have less (undereducation).Over- and undereducation contribute far more to the gender wage gap than years of schooling and work experience. In decompositions, adjusting for skill mismatch decreases the gender wage gap by between one tenth and one sixth. This is roughly a third to a half as much as is accounted for by segregation by industry. Thus, taking skill mismatch into account is essential for the analysis of gender wage differentiation, even though it does not alter the result that the estimated returns to education are smaller for women than for men in Sweden.

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    Paper provided by IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy in its series Working Paper Series with number 2007:13.

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    Length: 54 pages
    Date of creation: 07 Jun 2007
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:ifauwp:2007_013

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    Keywords: Gender differentials; discrimination; over- and undereducation;

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    Cited by:
    1. Nordin, Martin & Persson, Inga & Rooth, Dan-Olof, 2008. "Education-Occupation Mismatch: Is There an Income Penalty?," IZA Discussion Papers 3806, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    2. Mañé Vernet, Ferran & Miravet, Daniel, 2010. "Sobreeducación y Sobrecualificación en los Universitarios Catalanes. Una perspectiva de género," Working Papers 2072/179592, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Department of Economics.

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