Examining the gender wealth gap
Eva Sierminska (),
Joachim Frick and
Markus Grabka ()
Oxford Economic Papers, 2010, vol. 62, issue 4, 669-690
Economic research on the determinants of gender differences in economic outcomes particularly in income and consumption is well established. Extending these investigations to other outcomes such as wealth up till now has been limited due to lack of individual-level data. Using the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) we find a significant 'raw' gender wealth gap of 50,000€ for married partners. Decomposition analyses reveal that the gap is largely driven by differences in characteristics between men and women (observables), particularly by individual's own income and labour market experience. This is especially true at the bottom and at the top of the wealth distribution, which we show using semi-parametric decomposition techniques. Differences in the lower half of the distribution are mostly driven by the wealth function, i.e., the way in which women transform their characteristics into wealth. Copyright 2010 Oxford University Press 2010 All rights reserved, Oxford University Press.
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