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The gender wage gap among recent postsecondary graduates in Canada: a distributional approach

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  • Brahim Boudarbat
  • Marie Connolly

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Using the National Graduates Survey, we examine the trends in the gender wage gap among recent postsecondary graduates in Canada between 1988 and 2007. Female graduates earn on average 614% less than males during the period two to five years after graduation. Decompositions show that observable personal characteristics and job attributes can explain only a small portion of the wage gap. We also find that men earn more than women at every point of the distribution. Interestingly, the wage difference shrank in the lower half of the distribution in recent years, while it increased in the upper half.

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  • Brahim Boudarbat & Marie Connolly, 2013. "The gender wage gap among recent postsecondary graduates in Canada: a distributional approach," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 46(3), pages 1037-1065, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:46:y:2013:i:3:p:1037-1065
    DOI: 10.1111/caje.12036
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    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • J7 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination
    • J71 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Hiring and Firing

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