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When the opportunity knocks: large structural shocks and gender wage gaps

Joanna Tyrowicz () and Lucas van der Velde

No 379, Working Papers from Leibniz Institut für Ost- und Südosteuropaforschung (Institute for East and Southeast European Studies)

Abstract: Undergoing a large structural shock, labor markets may become less inclusive. We test for this thesis analyzing the behavior of adjusted gender wage gaps in a wide selection of transition countries. We estimate comparable measures of adjusted gender wage gaps for a comprehensive selection of transition countries over a period spanning nearly three decades. We combine these estimates with measures of labor market reallocation in transition economies. We identify the episodes of particularly large labor market reallocations and observe the behavior of the gender wage gaps subsequent these episodes, and exploit the discontinuity between the cohorts participating in the labor market prior to the onset of transition and cohorts of subsequent entrants. Our analysis reveals a distinctive role played by separations from the state-owned manufacturing firms, leading to greater adjusted gender wage gaps. In the medium run the adverse effects of separation hikes from this sector are even more pronounced.

Keywords: gender wage gap; transition; non-parametric estimates; worker flows (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C24 J22 J31 J71 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-bec, nep-gen and nep-tra
Date: 2019-02
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