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The gender wage gap in Mongolia: Sectoral segregation as a driving factor

Altantsetseg Batchuluun ()

Review of Development Economics, 2021, vol. 25, issue 3, 1437-1465

Abstract: This paper examines the gender labor market inequality by focusing on changes in the male and female earnings gap in Mongolia, a resource‐rich transition country. Economic growth has accelerated based on a boom in the mining sector since the mid‐2000s. However, the gender wage gap has widened substantially over the past decade. We use published data from the labor force surveys in 2008 and 2018 to investigate gender wage gaps among full‐time workers at the mean and across the entire distribution. We find strong evidence of the glass ceiling, but without a sticky floor. Sectoral gender segregation and work–family reconciliation policies may be the leading causes of the glass ceiling.

Date: 2021
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