National Origin Differences in Wages and Hierarchical Positions
This paper explains differences in wages and hierarchical positions in France according to national origin. Our data come from a matched employer-employee wage survey carried out in 2002. The business survey provides very reliable wage data which are matched to many individual-level variables collected in a household survey. The sample of male full-time workers is decomposed into three sub-samples according to the parents' birthplace (France, North Africa and Southern Europe). The large number of executives in the sample allows us to perform a switching regression model of wage determination and occupational employment. We adapt and extend existing decomposition methods to this framework. While the usual methods only take care of selection issues, we develop here a methodology to also take proper account of the related composition effects due to differences in hierarchical positions when comparing mean wage gaps. Moreover the method we use requires only the estimation of the model on the reference population, and therefore yields more precise results when the sample size of the group potentially discriminated against is small. Our results show no wage discrimination but a certain degree of occupational segregation yielding composition effects. Moreover, differences in the returns to some of the individual characteristics, including higher qualifications, might reveal mechanisms of statistical discrimination on the labor market.
Volume (Year): (2010)
Issue (Month): 99-100 ()
|Contact details of provider:|| Postal: |
Web page: http://annales.ensae.fr/
More information through EDIRC
When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:adr:anecst:y:2010:i:99-100:p:06. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Robert Gary-Bobo)
If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.
If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.
If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.
Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.