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The gender reservation wage gap: evidence from British panel data

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  • Sarah Brown

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    (Department of Economics, The University of Sheffield Author-Person=pbr160)

  • Jennifer Roberts

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    (Department of Economics, The University of Sheffield)

  • Karl Taylor

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    (Department of Economics, The University of Sheffield)

Abstract

Our findings suggest the existence of a gender reservation wage gap, with a differential of around 10%. The presence of children, particularly pre-school age children, plays an important role in explaining this differential. For individuals without children, the explained component of the differential is only 5%, which might indicate that perceived discrimination in the labour market influences the reservation wage setting of females.

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Paper provided by The University of Sheffield, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2010010.

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Length: 9 pages
Date of creation: May 2010
Date of revision: May 2010
Handle: RePEc:shf:wpaper:2010010

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Keywords: Reservation Wages; Wage Decomposition;

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  1. Humpert, Stephan & Pfeifer, Christian, 2013. "Explaining age and gender differences in employment rates : a labor supply side perspective," Journal for Labour Market Research, Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany], vol. 46(1), pages 1-17.

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