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Manager impartiality? Worker-firm matching and the gender wage gap
Abstract: This paper examines whether women benefit from working
under female management using Swedish matched employer-employee panel data.
I account for unobserved heterogeneity among both workers and firms
potentially correlated with manager gender. The results show a substantial
negative and statistically significant correlation between the proportion
of female managers and the establishment’s gender wage gap. However,
estimates that account for sorting on unobserved worker skills do not
support that that managers favor same-sex workers in wage setting.
Additional results show female-led organizations recruit more
non-managerial, high-wage women but this is primarily due to (unobserved)
firm attributes rather than gender-specific management practices.
Keywords: Gender wage gap; managers; worker sorting; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: J24; J31; J53; (follow links to similar papers)
40 pages, November 30, 2011
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Hensvik, Lena, (2014), 'Manager impartiality? Worker-firm matching and the gender wage gap', Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Vol. 67, April, No. 2, pages 395-421
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