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Decomposing wage discrimination in Germany and Austria with counterfactual densities

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  • Thomas Grandner

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  • Dieter Gstach

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Using income and other individual data from EU-SILC for Germany and Austria, we analyze wage discrimination for three break-ups: gender, sector of employment, and country of origin. Using the method of Machado and Mata (J Appl Econom 20(4):445–465, 2005 ) the discrimination over the whole range of the wage distribution is estimated. Significance of results is checked via confidence interval estimates along the lines of Melly (Estimation of counterfactual distributions using quantile regression. Working Paper, SIAW, University of St. Gallen, 2006 ). The economies of Germany and Austria appear structurally very similar and are highly interconnected. One would, therefore, expect to find similar levels and structures of wage discrimination. Our findings deviate from this conjecture significantly. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015

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  • Thomas Grandner & Dieter Gstach, 2015. "Decomposing wage discrimination in Germany and Austria with counterfactual densities," Empirica, Springer;Austrian Institute for Economic Research;Austrian Economic Association, vol. 42(1), pages 49-76, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:empiri:v:42:y:2015:i:1:p:49-76
    DOI: 10.1007/s10663-014-9244-4
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