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Labour market institutions, crisis and gender earnings gap in Eastern Europe

Cristiano Perugini () and Ekaterina Selezneva
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Ekaterina Skoglund

The Economics of Transition, 2015, vol. 23, issue 3, 517-564

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We study gender pay inequality in ten Central and Eastern EU countries before (2007) and during the economic crisis (2009) using quantile regression methods. The analysis reveals remarkable cross-country diversity in levels and patterns of the gender gap along the earnings distribution; for the majority of the countries the crisis is associated with declining male/female disparities. We address the role played by labour market institutions in shaping the observed gender pay gap levels and patterns. Labour market deregulation increases gender inequality at the middle and at the top of the pay distribution, but reduces disparities at the bottom. Higher union density and wage coordination reduce the pay gap, with stronger equalizing effects on better-paid jobs. The crisis seems to weaken the already poor role of institutions in the low-pay sector.

Date: 2015
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