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Gender Wage Differentials in a Competitive Labor Market: The Household Interaction Effect

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  • Francois, Patrick

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    (Tilburg University)

  • van Ours, Jan C.

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    (Tilburg University)

Abstract

We present a theoretical explanation of the gender wage gap which turns on the interaction between men and women in households. In equilibria where men are over-represented in full-time work, we show that firms rationally choose to hire women only at strictly lower wages than men. The model developed predicts a gap even controlling for education, occupation and industry of workers and does so in a competitive labor market where there exist no inherent gender differences. We test our theory using CPS data over the period 1979-98 and find it is strongly supported by the data.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 202.

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Length: 43 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2000
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Keywords: Gender discrimination; household models; wage gap;

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  1. B. Burcin Yurtoglu & Christine Zulehner, 2007. "The gender wage gap in top corporate jobs is still there," Vienna Economics Papers 0701, University of Vienna, Department of Economics.
  2. René Böheim & Helmut Hofer & Christine Zulehner, 2007. "Wage differences between Austrian men and women: semper idem?," Empirica, Springer, vol. 34(3), pages 213-229, July.
  3. Saurina Canals, C. & Saez Zafra, M., 2004. "Estudio empírico en población femenina sobre condiciones de aceptación de empleo a tiempo parcial: Un modelo de decisiones múltiples./Empirical Study of the Conditions for Taking a Part Time Job A," Estudios de Economía Aplicada, Estudios de Economía Aplicada, vol. 22, pages 83-98, Abril.
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  5. Palomino, Frédéric & Peyrache, Eloïc-Anil, 2010. "Psychological bias and gender wage gap," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 76(3), pages 563-573, December.

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