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Gender wage differentials in Italy: a structural estimation approach

  • Giovanni Sulis

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This paper studies gender wage differentials by providing a maximum likelihood structural estimation of the frictional parameters of an equilibrium search model with on-the-job search and firm heterogeneity. In a second step, I also consider the role of discrimination. Results indicate higher level of search frictions for women; this result is confirmed by various robustness checks and by different specification and estimation strategies. I also find that the resulting mapping from productivity to wages for men is highly non-linear, while for women it is almost linear. Search, productivity and discrimination play different roles in shaping the gender differential depending on the specification and estimation of the model. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2012

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Volume (Year): 25 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 53-87

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