Research Papers in Economics, Department of Economics, Stockholm University
Sector Differences in Glass Ceiling in Sweden -Is It Tied to Occupational Segregation?
Abstract: This paper explores sector differences in how the gender
wage gap varies across the wage distribution and the role of occupational
segregation in explaining this variation for Sweden. Results indicate that
the phenomenon known as the glass ceiling, i.e. larger gender wage
differentials at the high end of the wage distribution is stronger in the
public sector than the private. This difference is found to be due to
occupational segregation and, to a large extent, pre-market educational
choices. Most of the top/bottom differences within the public sector stem
from the county level and is due to gender segregation between few
occupations. These results indicate that the mechanisms behind the glass
ceiling, and observed sector differences are attributable to occupational
segregation by gender.
Keywords: Glass Ceiling; Gender Wage Gap; Sector Differentials; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: J16; J24; J31; J71; (follow links to similar papers)
36 pages, May 31, 2010
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