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All about the money ? The gendered effect of education on industrial and occupational sorting

Anthony Lepinteur and Adrian Nieto Castro

No 2109, CEPREMAP Working Papers (Docweb) from CEPREMAP

Abstract: Using the UK 1972 compulsory education reform as a natural experiment, we isolate the effect of education on occupational and industrial sorting. More education leads to greater probabilities of working in the public administration and non-manual occupations for men and in the health and education industries for women. We find that men may shift towards non-manual occupations to work in high-paying jobs. In contrast, men may relocate into the public administration and women into the health and education industries because more educated workers place more importance into non-pecuniary job dimensions. These gender differences may be widening the gender wage gap.

Keywords: 1972 reform; returns to education; worker sorting; career choices; non-pecuniary preferences (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 53 pages
Date: 2021-10
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