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Labour Market Institutions, Crisis and Gender Earnings Gap in Eastern Europe

Cristiano Perugini () and Ekaterina Selezneva
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Ekaterina Skoglund

No 328, Working Papers from Leibniz Institut für Ost- und Südosteuropaforschung (Institute for East and Southeast European Studies)

Abstract: This paper studies gender earnings inequality in ten Central and Eastern EU countries before (2007) and during the ongoing crisis (2009), using quantile regression methods. The analysis reveals remarkable cross-country diversity in levels and patterns of the gender gap along the earning distribution. We address then the role played by country-specific labour market institutions in forming this variety. Labour market deregulation increases gender inequality, particularly reinforcing the glass-ceiling effect. Higher union density and wage coordination reduce the pay gap, with stronger equalizing effects again in the better-paid jobs. Lastly, the crisis seems to further weaken the already poor role of institutions in the low-pay sector.

Keywords: earnings gender gap; institutions; quantile regression (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J16 J31 P50 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 42
Date: 2013-03
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