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Using education to reduce the wage gap between men and women

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  • Miki, Malul
  • Yuval, Fany

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Using a theoretical model we analyzed the decision of men and women to acquire human capital in the form of extra education. We found that women tend to seek higher levels of education than men in an attempt to reduce the wage gap between themselves and their male peers. We also showed that for women with strong abilities, this strategy is an effective one.

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  • Miki, Malul & Yuval, Fany, 2011. "Using education to reduce the wage gap between men and women," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 40(4), pages 412-416, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:soceco:v:40:y:2011:i:4:p:412-416
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    1. Samantha Haussmann & André Braz Golgher, 2016. "Shrinking gender wage gaps in the Brazilian labor market: an application of the APC approach [Shrinking gender wage gaps in the Brazilian labor market: an application of the APC approach]," Nova Economia, Economics Department, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Brazil), vol. 26(2), pages 429-464, May-Augus.

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