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Changes in the Gender Wage Gap and the Returns to Firm Specific Human Capital

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  • Walsh, F.
  • Strobl, E.

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If females have a higher probability of separating from job ex ante than males, then efficient cost sharing of the on-the-job trainig inplies females will have steeper tenure profiles. Becker and Lindsay (1994) argue that this is true empirically. Updating the analysis we find that the probability of women leaving jobs has fallen and tenure slopes and starting pay of males and females with given characteristics in long-term jobs converged significantly.

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  • Walsh, F. & Strobl, E., 1999. "Changes in the Gender Wage Gap and the Returns to Firm Specific Human Capital," Papers 99/7, College Dublin, Department of Political Economy-.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:dublec:99/7
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    1. Hersch, Joni & Reagan, Patricia B, 1997. "Worker Effort Decisions and Efficient Gender-Specific Wage-Tenure Profiles," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 35(1), pages 193-207, January.
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    Keywords

    LABOUR MARKET ; WAGES ; SEX DISCRIMINATION;

    JEL classification:

    • J71 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Hiring and Firing
    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination

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