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Department of Economics, Stockholm University Research Papers in Economics, Department of Economics, Stockholm University

No 2002:1:
Labour in Transition: Women and Men in Taganrog, Russia

Katarina Katz

Abstract: The paper discusses the effect of economic reforms on gender differences in

participation rates and earnings in Russia in the early 1990s. Besides

national statistics it uses survey data from the city Taganrog, 1989 and

1993/9. Although local, these repeated cross sections provide unique

comparable data from Soviet and post-Soviet Russia. Results agree with

national statistics in that participation has decreased and unemployment

increased for both men and women. The female/male earnings ratio fell from

66% in 1989, to 61% in 1993, at a moment when real wages for the men too have

decreased dramatically. Oaxaca-decompostions of the gender gap indicate that,

in both years, the greater part is due to differential rewards but that

gender differences in hours worked contribute more to the wage gap 1993 than

in Soviet times.

Keywords: Russia; gender gap; labour force participation; transition; labour market; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: J16; J21; J31; J60; P20; (follow links to similar papers)

63 pages, December 15, 2001

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