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Beneath the Surface: the Decline in Gender Injury Gap

  • Tiziano Razzolini
  • Roberto Leombruni
  • Giovanni Mastrobuoni
  • Mario Pagliero

There is little evidence on the joint evolution of gender differences in wages and other job amenities. We analyze gender differences in wages and workplace safety using 9 years of Italian administrative micro-level data. We document that a decline in the gender wage gap was accompanied by a narrowing of the gender gap in injury risk and an increased concentration of injuries among low-skilled female workers. A decomposition a la DiNardo et al. (1996) suggests that the main driver of the reduction in the wage gender gap is the sorting of workers across sectors and occupations, while the reduction in the injury gender gap and the increased concentration of injuries among low skilled female workers can be attributed to changes in unobservable job tasks and worker skills.

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Length: 42 pages
Date of creation: 2012
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