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Sector Differences in Glass Ceiling in Sweden -Is It Tied to Occupational Segregation?

  • Özcan, Gülay

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    (Dept. of Economics, Stockholm University)

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    This paper explores sector differences in how the gender wage gap varies across the wage distribution and the role of occupational segregation in explaining this variation for Sweden. Results indicate that the phenomenon known as the glass ceiling, i.e. larger gender wage differentials at the high end of the wage distribution is stronger in the public sector than the private. This difference is found to be due to occupational segregation and, to a large extent, pre-market educational choices. Most of the top/bottom differences within the public sector stem from the county level and is due to gender segregation between few occupations. These results indicate that the mechanisms behind the glass ceiling, and observed sector differences are attributable to occupational segregation by gender.

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    Paper provided by Stockholm University, Department of Economics in its series Research Papers in Economics with number 2010:9.

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    Length: 36 pages
    Date of creation: 31 May 2010
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:sunrpe:2010_0009
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    1. Edin, P.A. & Richardson, K., 1999. "Swemming with the Tide: Solidarity Wage Policy and the Gender Earnings Gap," Papers 1999:11, Uppsala - Working Paper Series.
    2. Edin, Per-Anders & Richardson, Katarina, 2002. " Swimming with the Tide: Solidary Wage Policy and the Gender Earnings Gap," Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 104(1), pages 49-67.
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