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Gender Earnings Mobility: A Comparison of Relative Mobility in Germany and the UK

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  • Brookes, Michael

    (Centre for Applied Research in Economics, Middlesex University Business School, London)

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    At the current moment there are lots of examples within the literature of cross-sectional estimates of gender wage differentials and discriminiation, however attempts to explain the dynamic processes which lead to the wage differences are rare. Furthermore studies which seek to analyse these processes on a cross-country basis are even rarer. The purpose of this paper is to establish the role that is played by earnings mobility in the dynamic process of narrowing (or widening) wage differentials. By applying an innovative Ordered Probit technique I have been able to establish that over the period 1991-1996 West German women were at a disadvantage when compared to British and East German women in terms of earnings mobility. This poorer earnings mobility performance was a major contributory factor to the worsening of the West German gender wage gap relative to the UK and East Germany.

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    Paper provided by IRISS at CEPS/INSTEAD in its series IRISS Working Paper Series with number 2001-02.

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    Date of creation: Mar 2001
    Handle: RePEc:irs:iriswp:2001-02
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    1. Mick Brookes & Timothy Hinks & Duncan Watson, 2001. "Comparisons in Gender Wage Differentials and Discrimination between Germany and the United Kingdom," LABOUR, CEIS, vol. 15(3), pages 393-414, September.
    2. S. Adams & Tim Callan & Nina Smith & Shirley Dex & Siv Gustafsson & Jürgen Schupp, 1995. "Gender Wage Differentials: New Cross-Country Evidence," LIS Working papers 134, LIS Cross-National Data Center in Luxembourg.
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