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The Gender Wage Gap and Sex Segregation in Finland

  • Ossi Korkeamäki
  • Tomi Kyyrä

This paper investigates how the segregation of women and men into certain occupations, industries, firms and jobs within the firms is reflected in the gender wage gap in the Finnish manufacturing sector. Using matched employer-employee data we evaluate wage differentials between men and women doing the same kind of job for the same employer. This allows us to differentiate between wage differentials caused by human capital differences, wage differentials resulting from labour market segregation and within-job wage differentials. We find that at least half of the gender wage gap can be attributed to labour market segregation while human capital differences by sex account for less than 10 percent.

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Paper provided by Government Institute for Economic Research Finland (VATT) in its series Discussion Papers with number 288.

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Date of creation: 15 Jan 2003
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Handle: RePEc:fer:dpaper:288
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  1. Erica L. Groshen, 1987. "The structure of the female/male wage differential: is it who you are, what you do, or where you work?," Working Paper 8708, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.
  2. Gubta, Nabanita Datta & Rothstein, Donna S., 2001. "The Impact of Worker and Establishment-level Characteristics on Male-Female Wage Differentials: Evidence from Danish Matched Employee-Employer Data," CLS Working Papers 01-9, University of Aarhus, Aarhus School of Business, Centre for Labour Market and Social Research.
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