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Is there a Double-Negative Effect? Gender and Ethnic Wage Differentials

Daniela Piazzalunga

No 11, CHILD Working Papers Series from Centre for Household, Income, Labour and Demographic Economics (CHILD) - CCA

Abstract: This paper investigates the gender and ethnic wage differentials for female immigrants, applying the Oaxaca decomposition to estimate the level of discrimination. The gender pay gap is quite small (7.42%), but it's not explained by observable differences, whilst the ethnic wage gap is larger (27.11%), but the explained components account for about 30%. Ultimately, we will evaluate how the multiple levels of discrimination (due to being a woman and a foreigner at the same time) intersect, following the decomposition suggested by Shamsuddin (1998). The double-negative effect is estimated to be 56-62%.

Keywords: Immigration; gender; wage discrimination; Oaxaca decomposition; double-negative effect (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J16 J31 J61 J71 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 36 pages
Date: 2013
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dem, nep-lab, nep-lma, nep-ltv and nep-mig
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