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Job Tasks and the Gender Wage Gap among College Graduates

Todd Stinebrickner (), Ralph Stinebrickner () and Paul Sullivan
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Ralph Stinebrickner: University of Western Ontario

No 2018-062, Working Papers from Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Working Group

Abstract: Gender differences in current and past job tasks may be crucial for understanding the gender wage gap. We use novel task data to address well-known measurement concerns, including that standard task measures assume away within-occupation gender differences in tasks. We find that unique measures of task-specific experience, in particular high-skilled information experience, are of particular importance for understanding the substantial widening of the wage gap early in the career. Highlighting the importance of these measures, traditional work-related proxies for gender differences in human capital accumulation are not informative because general work experience is similar by gender for our recent graduates.

Keywords: gender gap; gender wage differentials; human capital (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J16 J31 J62 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018-09
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