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The Gender Wage Gap during Serbia's Transition

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  • Milica Kecmanovic

    () (Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne 3010, Australia.)

  • Garry F Barrett

    (School of Economics, The University of Sydney, Sydney 2006, Australia.)

Abstract

Using Labor Force Surveys for the period 2001–2005, we find that the mean gender wage gap is low in Serbia and declined over this period. Decompositions show that the mean gap is not explained by differences in productive characteristics. Further, we find that the gender wage gap decreased across all conditional quantiles of the wage distribution. Women, on average, possess relatively more productive characteristics and receive higher returns to those attributes than men, which has more than offset the large residual component. Overall, women seem to have benefited in terms of their relative earnings in this first phase of transition in Serbia.

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  • Milica Kecmanovic & Garry F Barrett, 2011. "The Gender Wage Gap during Serbia's Transition," Comparative Economic Studies, Palgrave Macmillan;Association for Comparative Economic Studies, vol. 53(4), pages 695-720, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:compes:v:53:y:2011:i:4:p:695-720
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    1. Tamar Khitarishvili, 2016. "Two tales of contraction: gender wage gap in Georgia before and after the 2008 crisis," IZA Journal of Labor & Development, Springer;Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit GmbH (IZA), vol. 5(1), pages 1-28, December.
    2. Jaanika Merikull & Pille Mõtsmees, 2015. "Do you get what you ask? The gender gap in desired and realised wages," Bank of Estonia Working Papers wp2014-9, Bank of Estonia, revised 20 Jan 2015.
    3. Tamar Khitarishvili, 2013. "Evaluating the Gender Wage Gap in Georgia, 2004 - 2011," Economics Working Paper Archive wp_768, Levy Economics Institute.
    4. Abdallah Dah & Ali Fakih, 2016. "Decomposing Gender Wage Differentials Using Quantile Regression: Evidence from the Lebanese Banking Sector," International Advances in Economic Research, Springer;International Atlantic Economic Society, vol. 22(2), pages 171-185, May.

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