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


  • Paul Gabriel
  • Susanne Schmitz


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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