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No 2004:10:
Is it what you do or where you work that matters most? Gender composition and the gender wage gap revisited

Mahmood Arai (), Lena Nekby () and Peter Skogman Thoursie ()

Abstract: The purpose of this study is to examine the impact of gender segregation on wages using matched employer-employee private-sector data from Sweden. The questions that we are interested in examining are two-fold. Has the effect of gender segregation on the gender wage gap been overestimated and what matters more for gender wage differentials, occupation or establishment segregation? Our results show that a too detailed aggregation of occupations and/or establishments leads to an overestimation of the segregation effect on gender wage differences. We also show that occupational segregation contributes more to explaining the wage gap than establishment segregation.

Keywords: Gender wage gap; matched employer-employee data; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: J16; J71; (follow links to similar papers)

19 pages, August 20, 2004

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