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The impact of gender differences in occupational attainment on the relative earnings of young workers

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  • Paul Gabriel
  • Susanne Schmitz

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This study investigates the potential influence that gender differences in occupational structures have upon the relative earnings of young women in the US labour market. The empirical methodology integrates a multinomial logit model of occupational attainment with estimated human capital wage equations across occupations. Empirical analysis of data from the 1979 cohort of the NLSY suggests that nearly two-thirds of the gender gap in hourly earnings results from men having more favourable earnings structures within occupations, relative to their female colleagues. Gender differences in occupational distributions apparently have a minor impact on the relative earnings of women.

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  • Paul Gabriel & Susanne Schmitz, 2006. "The impact of gender differences in occupational attainment on the relative earnings of young workers," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 13(10), pages 615-619.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:13:y:2006:i:10:p:615-619
    DOI: 10.1080/13504850500401742
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    1. Gabriel, Paul E. & Schmitz, Susanne, 1989. "The effect of occupational segregation on the relative earnings of black males," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 30(1), pages 77-83.
    2. Michael Kidd & Todd Goninon, 2000. "Female concentration and the gender wage differential in the United Kingdom," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 7(5), pages 337-340.
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    1. Ferguson, Kristin M. & Bender, Kimberly & Thompson, Sanna J., 2015. "Gender, coping strategies, homelessness stressors, and income generation among homeless young adults in three cities," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 135(C), pages 47-55.

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