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The gender pay gap in Austria: Tamensi movetur!

René Böheim (), Klemens Himpele, Helmut Mahringer and Christine Zulehner ()

No 2011-03, Economics working papers from Department of Economics, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

Abstract: Policies to reduce the gender pay gap feature prominently on the political agenda and interventions in the labor market are frequently proposed, claiming a persistent wage gap. We examine the change of the gender wage gap in Austria between 2002 and 2007 with new data from administrative records and find that it declined from 24% in 2002 to 19% in 2007. We observe that women's improved educational attainments were partly ofiset by a shift in the demand for skilled workers that disadvantaged unskilled labor. The main determinant of this decline is however the improvement of women's relative position in unobserved characteristics.

Keywords: gender wage differentials; wage inequality; decomposition; matched employer-employee data (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J31 J71 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2011-04
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