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The distribution of the gender pay gap in Austria: Evidence from matched employer-employee data and tax-records

Rene Boeheim, Klemens Himpele, Helmut Mahringer and Christine Zulehner ()
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: René Böheim ()

No 2011-07, Economics working papers from Department of Economics, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

Abstract: We examine the gender wage gap in Austria using new matched employer-employee data from 2007. We investigate the gap at the conditional wage distribution of men and women, and decompose it into the parts which are attributed to different characteristics and different returns to these characteristics. We find that women earn on average about 14% less than men for given characteristics, and that about 50% of the gender wage gap cannot be attributed to observable characteristics. The extent of different returns for women and men increase over the wage distribution where wage bargaining is predominantly on an individual basis (in contrast to low wage jobs, where collective bargaining contracts are binding).

Keywords: gender wage differentials; quantile regressions; decomposition; matched employer-employee data (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J13 J71 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 36 pages
Date: 2011-07
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