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Estimation of Gender Wage Discrimination in the Portuguese Labour Market

  • Amélia Bastos

    (ISEG - Instituto de Economia e Gestão)

  • Graça Leão Fernandes

    (ISEG - Instituto de Economia e Gestão)

  • José Passos

    (ISEG - Instituto de Economia e Gestão)

Gender wage discrimination is a reality in the Portuguese labour market although little research has so far been carried out to measure its dimension. We think that economists should contribute to the knowledge of the dimension and significance of this phenomenon by giving guidelines for the definition of political measures to help reduce it. In this paper we measure the size of gender wage discrimination in the Portuguese labour market. Furthermore, we evaluate this measure for Portugal’s two main cities, Lisboa and Porto, using bootstrap techniques. The results suggest that in Porto gender wage discrimination would be expected to be lower than in Lisboa but with greater dispersion. The estimated values for discrimination range between numbers commonly found in studies of this kind.

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Article provided by Faculdade de Economia, Universidade de Coimbra in its journal Notas Económicas.

Volume (Year): (2004)
Issue (Month): 19 (June)
Pages: 35-48

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  1. Oaxaca, Ronald L. & Ransom, Michael R., 1994. "On discrimination and the decomposition of wage differentials," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 61(1), pages 5-21, March.
  2. Jacques Silber & Michal Weber, 1999. "Labour market discrimination: are there significant differences between the various decomposition procedures?," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 31(3), pages 359-365.
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