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Decomposition of the Gender Wage Gap Using Matching: an Application for Switzerland

Djurdjevic, Dragana ; Radyakin, Sergiy (2009)
Decomposition of the Gender Wage Gap Using Matching: an Application for Switzerland.
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Item Type: Report
Type of entry: Primary publication
Title: Decomposition of the Gender Wage Gap Using Matching: an Application for Switzerland
Language: English
Date: 22 October 2009
Place of Publication: Darmstadt
Series: Darmstadt Discussion Papers in Economics
Series Volume: 155
Abstract:

In this paper, we investigate the gender wage differentials for Switzerland. Using micro data from the Swiss Labour Force Survey, we apply a matching method to decompose the wage gap in Switzerland. Compared to the traditional Oaxaca-Blinder decomposition, this nonparametric technique does not require any estimation of wage equations and accounts for wage differences that can be due to differences in the support. Our estimation results show that the problem of gender differences in the supports matter in explaining wage differentials. We can interpret these differences as a form of “discrimination” which is reflected in wages because women face “barriers to the entry” in accessing certain individual characteristics that men achieve. As a consequence, accounting for these differences in gender supports may be useful in terms of policy implications in promoting more equality between men and women.

Uncontrolled Keywords: discrimination, gender wage gap, matching
URN: urn:nbn:de:tuda-tuprints-47708
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JEL - Classification : J17, J31, I10; Erstellt November 2005

Classification DDC: 300 Sozialwissenschaften > 330 Wirtschaft
Divisions: 01 Department of Law and Economics
01 Department of Law and Economics > Volkswirtschaftliche Fachgebiete
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2009 07:45
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2023 08:34
URI: https://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/id/eprint/4770
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