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Cognitive ability, stereotypes and gender segregation in the workplace

Diego Lubian () and Anna Untertrifaller ()
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Anna Untertrifaller: Dept. of Economics, University of Verona

Economics Bulletin, 2014, vol. 34, issue 2, 1268-1282

Abstract: We carried out a survey among undergraduate students to investigate the role of gender stereotyping in the perception of female work and its consequences in terms of wage discrimination. Traditional female-oriented and male-oriented jobs are evaluated in terms of compensatory factors related to objective job's characteristics and wages are then assigned to jobholders. We find that males assign lower wages to jobs assigned to women while women do not discriminate but, in general, assign lower wages. Further, we find that even though males with high scores in a cognitive reflection test attribute, in general, higher wages they still discriminate women, Finally, we decompose the wage differential using the classical Blinder-Oaxaca decomposition and find that the wage gap can not be explained by differences in the productive characteristics of the workers.

Keywords: Gender wage gap; Gender stereotypes; Cognitive reflection test (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C0 J7 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014-06-18
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