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Subject of Degree and the Gender Wage Differential - Evidence from the UK and Germany

Stephen Machin () and Patrick Puhani

University of St. Gallen Department of Economics working paper series 2002 from Department of Economics, University of St. Gallen

Abstract: We show that controlling for subject of degree explains a significant part of the male/female gender wage differential amongst graduates. Using data from the labour force surveys of the United Kingdom and Germany, we find similar results in these two countries: subject of degree explains about 2-4 percent higher wages of male over female graduates after controlling for age, industry, region, part-time and public sector employment. This is a significant part (between 9 to 19 percent) of the overall male/female gender wage gap, and an even larger amount of the part explained by factors entered into wage equations (at around 20 to 29 percent of the explained component).

Keywords: gender wage gap; field of major (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J16 J31 J71 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2002-09
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