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Is it what you do or where you work that matters most? Gender composition and the gender wage gap revisited

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  • Arai, Mahmood

    ()
    (Dept. of Economics, Stockholm University)

  • Nekby, Lena

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    (Dept. of Economics, Stockholm University)

  • Skogman Thoursie, Peter

    ()
    (Dept. of Economics, Stockholm University)

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to examine the impact of gender segregation on wages using matched employer-employee private-sector data from Sweden. The questions that we are interested in examining are two-fold. Has the effect of gender segregation on the gender wage gap been overestimated and what matters more for gender wage differentials, occupation or establishment segregation? Our results show that a too detailed aggregation of occupations and/or establishments leads to an overestimation of the segregation effect on gender wage differences. We also show that occupational segregation contributes more to explaining the wage gap than establishment segregation.

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Paper provided by Stockholm University, Department of Economics in its series Research Papers in Economics with number 2004:10.

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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: 20 Aug 2004
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:sunrpe:2004_0010

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