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Movin’ on up: Hierarchical occupational segmentation and gender wage gaps

Dina Shatnawi (), Ronald Oaxaca and Michael Ransom ()

The Journal of Economic Inequality, 2014, vol. 12, issue 3, 315-338

Abstract: Our study evaluates and extends existing wage decomposition methodologies that seek to measure the contributions of endowments, pure wage discrimination, and job segregation. We employ data from a regional supermarket that faced a Title VII class-action lawsuit to examine how standard wage specifications integrated with a model of hierarchical segregation might perform in wage decompositions. Our results show that a common misspecification of the wage structure leads to false inferences about the presence of pure wage discrimination. We demonstrate the generalizability of our methodology using CPS data. Copyright © Springer Science+Business Media New York (outside the USA) 2014

Keywords: Gender discrimination; Job segregation; Wage decompositions (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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