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Analysing trends in US and Danish gender wage gaps in the 1980s and 1990s


  • Nabanita Datta Gupta
  • Ronald Oaxaca
  • Nina Smith


Trends in US and Danish gender wage gaps in the 1980s and 1990s are analysed within the framework of simple auto-regressive time-series models. Results show a saturation effect in the wage progress of women in Denmark at a level of 85% but no similar signs of stabilization in the USA. Also, no evidence is found that business cycle variables can explain the development of the gender wage gap in either country during this time period.

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  • Nabanita Datta Gupta & Ronald Oaxaca & Nina Smith, 2006. "Analysing trends in US and Danish gender wage gaps in the 1980s and 1990s," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 13(10), pages 643-647.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:13:y:2006:i:10:p:643-647 DOI: 10.1080/13504850600684825

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    1. Francine D. Blau & Lawrence M. Kahn, 2000. "Gender Differences in Pay," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 14(4), pages 75-99, Fall.
    2. Nicole M. Fortin & Thomas Lemieux, 1998. "Rank Regressions, Wage Distributions, and the Gender Gap," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 33(3), pages 610-643.
    3. Datta Gupta, Nabanita & Oaxaca, Ronald L. & Smith, Nina, 2003. "Swimming Upstream, Floating Downstream: Comparing Women's Relative Wage Positions in the U.S. and Denmark," IZA Discussion Papers 756, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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