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Wages, Experience and Training of Women over the Lifecycle

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  • Blundell, Richard

    () (University College London)

  • Goll, David

    () (University College London)

  • Costa Dias, Monica

    () (Institute for Fiscal Studies, London)

  • Meghir, Costas

    () (Yale University)

Abstract

We investigate the role of training in reducing the gender wage gap using the UK-BHPS which contains detailed records of training. Using policy changes over an 18 year period we identify the impact of training and work experience on wages, earnings and employment. Based on a lifecycle model and using reforms as a source of exogenous variation we evaluate the role of formal training and experience in defining the evolution of wages and employment careers, conditional on education. Training is potentially important in compensating for the effects of children, especially for women who left education after completing high school.

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  • Blundell, Richard & Goll, David & Costa Dias, Monica & Meghir, Costas, 2019. "Wages, Experience and Training of Women over the Lifecycle," IZA Discussion Papers 12310, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
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    1. Bennett, Patrick & Blundell, Richard & Salvanes, Kjell G, 2020. "A Second Chance? Labor Market Returns to Adult Education Using School Reforms," CEPR Discussion Papers 15158, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
    2. Kitao, Sagiri & Mikoshiba, Minamo, 2020. "Females, the elderly, and also males: Demographic aging and macroeconomy in Japan," Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, Elsevier, vol. 56(C).
    3. Monica Costa Dias & Robert Joyce & Fabien Postel‐Vinay & Xiaowei Xu, 2020. "The Challenges for Labour Market Policy during the COVID‐19 Pandemic," Fiscal Studies, John Wiley & Sons, vol. 41(2), pages 371-382, June.
    4. Aquilante, Tommaso & Livio, Luca & Potoms, Tom, 2020. "On-the-job training and intra-family dynamics," Bank of England working papers 873, Bank of England.

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    Keywords

    gender wage gap; training; human capital; labor supply;

    JEL classification:

    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials

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