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Los hombres al trabajo y las mujeres a la casa: ¿es la segregación ocupacional otra explicacion razonable de las diferencias salariales por sexo en c


  • Luisa Fernanda Bernat


  • Jaime Velez Robayo



This article explores the relationship between occupational segregation and the wage differencesbetween men and women using the Flückiger & Silber (1999) decomposition. This methodology is anadaptation of the traditional Oaxaca (1973)-Blinder (1973) decomposition that allows separating thesex wage gap into three additive components: 1. the part of the gap explained by differences inproductivity between sexes. 2. The fraction associated with differences in returns to productivecharacteristics and 3. A part related to differences in group size -segregation-. Despite the statisticaldifference in productive characteristics and returns across occupational groups, we find that thesegregation component of the decomposition is extremely sensitive to the way groups are defined.Since occupational groups are defined ad hoc, further insight is needed in order to determine howimportant segregation really is to explain wage differences

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  • Luisa Fernanda Bernat & Jaime Velez Robayo, 2009. "Los hombres al trabajo y las mujeres a la casa: ¿es la segregación ocupacional otra explicacion razonable de las diferencias salariales por sexo en c," BORRADORES DE ECONOMÍA Y FINANZAS 005245, UNIVERSIDAD ICESI.
  • Handle: RePEc:col:000130:005245

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    1. Oaxaca, Ronald, 1973. "Male-Female Wage Differentials in Urban Labor Markets," International Economic Review, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association, vol. 14(3), pages 693-709, October.
    2. Alan S. Blinder, 1973. "Wage Discrimination: Reduced Form and Structural Estimates," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 8(4), pages 436-455.
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    1. Juan Pablo Atal & Hugo R. Ñopo & Natalia Winder, 2009. "New Century, Old Disparities: Gender and Ethnic Wage Gaps in Latin America," IDB Publications (Working Papers) 1131, Inter-American Development Bank.
    2. Mora, Jhon James & Arcila, Andrés Mauricio, 2014. "Brechas salariales por etnia y ubicación geográfica en Santiago de Cali || Wage Gap by Geographic Location and Ethnicity in Cali (Colombia)," Revista de Métodos Cuantitativos para la Economía y la Empresa = Journal of Quantitative Methods for Economics and Business Administration, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Department of Quantitative Methods for Economics and Business Administration, vol. 18(1), pages 34-53, December.

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    Cali; Discriminación; segregación; diferencias salariales por sexo.;

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    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • J7 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination
    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination

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