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The gender wage gap in an international perspective

Robert Plasman () and Salimata Sissoko

Brussels Economic Review, 2005, vol. 48, issue 4, 419-442

Abstract: Using a rich and comparable matched employer-employee data set, we analyse international differences in gender pay gaps in the private sector for a sample of five European economies: Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Italy and Spain. Using different methods, we examine how wage structure, differences in the distribution of measured characteristics and occupational segregation contribute to explain the pattern of international differences. Furthermore, we take account of the fact that indirect discrimination may influence female occupational distributions. We find these latter factors to have a significant impact on gender wage differentials. However, the magnitude of their effects varies across countries.

Keywords: Gender wage gap; wage structure; occupational segregation; industrial segregation; discrimination (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J16 J31 J71 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2005
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