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Les inégalités salariales de genre: expliquer l'injustifiable ou justifier l'inexplicable


  • François Rycx
  • Danièle Meulders
  • Robert Plasman


In 2001 the gender wage gap In the European union was lying between 6 % and 21 % (ECHP, full-timers). Gender wage gap clearly appears as the core of the inequalities between men and women on the labor market. Using recent results from a research program on the gender wage gap, we show that the large impact of the sectoral and occupational factors In explaining the gender wage gap are not mainly due to differences in characteristics of men and women In employment. We also show that testing the job sharing theory is giving different results for men and women and that the particularities of the Industrial relations system largely contribute to explain the size and the national differences In the gender wage gap. The article also stresses the fact that mainstream economic theory remains unable to explain what Is usually called the explained part of the gender wage gap as well as the unexplained part.

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  • François Rycx & Danièle Meulders & Robert Plasman, 2005. "Les inégalités salariales de genre: expliquer l'injustifiable ou justifier l'inexplicable," ULB Institutional Repository 2013/5623, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
  • Handle: RePEc:ulb:ulbeco:2013/5623
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    1. Brenda Gannon & Robert Plasman & Francois Rycx & Ilan Tojerow, 2007. "Inter-Industry Wage Differentials and the Gender Wage Gap: Evidence from European Countries," The Economic and Social Review, Economic and Social Studies, vol. 38(1), pages 135-155.
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    1. Danièle Meulders & Natalie Simeu & Sile Padraigin O'Dorchai, 2012. "Alma Mater, Homo Sapiens II: Les inégalités entre femmes et hommes dans les universités francophones de Belgique," ULB Institutional Repository 2013/135731, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
    2. Sile Padraigin O'Dorchai, 2013. "Gender in the crisis and prospects for the future," DULBEA Working Papers 13-07, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.


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