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Rent sharing as a driver of the glass ceiling effect


  • Matano, Alessia
  • Naticchioni, Paolo


In this paper we show that rent-sharing plays a role in explaining the glass ceiling effect. We make use of a unique employer–employee panel database for Italy from 1996 to 2003, which allows controlling for observed individual and firm heterogeneity and for collective bargaining. Moreover, by means of IV quantile fixed effects estimates we can cope with unobserved heterogeneity and endogeneity. A discussion of different explanations is provided.

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  • Matano, Alessia & Naticchioni, Paolo, 2013. "Rent sharing as a driver of the glass ceiling effect," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 118(1), pages 55-59.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:118:y:2013:i:1:p:55-59 DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2012.09.011

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    1. Alessia Matano & Paolo Naticchioni, 2017. "The Extent of Rent Sharing along the Wage Distribution," British Journal of Industrial Relations, London School of Economics, vol. 55(4), pages 751-777, December.

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    Rent-sharing; Gender wage gap; Glass ceiling; Quantile regressions;

    JEL classification:

    • C33 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • 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
    • J41 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Labor Contracts
    • L25 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Performance


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