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National Origin Wage Differentials in France

Romain Aeberhardt and Julien Pouget

No 2007-03, Working Papers from Center for Research in Economics and Statistics

Abstract: This paper attempts to explain national origin wage differentials in France. Our data come from amatched employer-employee wage survey performed in 2002. Business survey data are matched to manyindividual-level variables collected in a household survey. The sample of professionals is decomposedinto several sub-samples: within each gender, a distinction is made according to the parents’ birthplace(France, North Africa and Southern Europe).We perform a switching regression model of wage determination and occupational employment. Ourresults suggest that earnings differentials mostly reflect differences in the type of jobs taken up by individuals,according to their experience, background and education. This leads us to favor an interpretationin terms of a certain degree of occupational segregation, rather than mere wage discrimination.

Pages: 39
Date: 2007
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