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The Concentration of Women's Employment and Relative Occupational Pay: A Statistical Framework for Comparative Analysis


  • Damian Grimshaw
  • Jill Rubery


This report assesses the relation between women’s employment in those occupations where they are most concentrated and their relative level of pay. The analysis is applied to seven countries - Australia, Canada, Germany, France, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States - over a period covering the past ten to fifteen years. An important feature of the study involves the collection and analysis of national earnings data at a detailed level of occupational classification, enabling us to address instances of vertical and horizontal gender segregation that may be obscured by less detailed categories. As international harmonised earnings data for detailed occupational categories do not exist, it has been necessary to collect data from the different national sources. Given the dangers this presents for an analysis which seeks to make comparisons of occupations across countries, the report details the wide range of different sources of data, as well as the variety of definitions of ... Ce rapport établit la relation entre la concentration de l'emploi des femmes dans quelques professions et le niveau relatif de leur salaire. L'analyse est menée à partir de la situation dans sept pays: l'Australie, l'Allemagne, le Canada, les Etats-Unis, la France, la Norvège et le Royaume-Uni, sur une période qui couvre les dix à quinze dernières années. Une caractéristique particulière de l'étude est que la collecte et l'analyse des données nationales sur les salaires par profession s'est faite à un niveau détaillé de la classification des professions, ce qui permet de repérer des cas de ségrégation horizontale et verticale qui seraient restés masqués à des niveaux de la classification moins détaillés. Du fait qu'il n'existe pas de données sur les salaires par profession détaillée harmonisées au niveau international, il a fallu collecter les données à partir des différentes sources nationales. Etant donné les risques que cela comporte pour une analyse qui vise à des comparaisons ...

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  • Damian Grimshaw & Jill Rubery, 1997. "The Concentration of Women's Employment and Relative Occupational Pay: A Statistical Framework for Comparative Analysis," OECD Labour Market and Social Policy Occasional Papers 26, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:elsaaa:26-en

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