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Age-productivity patterns in talent occupations for men and women: a decomposition

  • Barbara Liberda


    (Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw)

  • Joanna Tyrowicz


    (Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw; National Bank of Poland)

  • Magdalena Smyk


    (Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw)

One could expect that in the so-called talent occupations, while access to these professions may differ between men and women, gender wage gap should be actually smaller due to high relevance of human capital quality. Wage regressions typically suggest an inverted U-shaped age-productivity pattern. However, such analyses confuse age, cohort and year effects. Deaton (1997) decomposition allows to disentangle these effects. We apply this method to inquire the age-productivity pattern for the so-called “talent” occupations. Using data from a transition economy (Poland) we find that indeed talent occupations have a steeper age-productivity pattern. However, gender differences are larger for talent occupations than for general occupations.

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