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Gender differences in productivity rewards in Italy: the role of human capital

Tindara Addabbo (), Donata Favaro () and Stefano Magrini ()

No 2010_11, Working Papers from Department of Economics, University of Venice "Ca' Foscari"

Abstract: In this paper we evaluate the gender wage gap component due to differences in characteristics� rewards in Italy. The main focus is on the relationship between human capital characteristics and gender differences in rewards. We propose a methodology that combines the quantile regression analysis with non-parametric procedures for the estimation of the probability density functions of reward differentials in order to evaluate the evolution of the gap due to human capital characteristics. The analysis is carried out on Italian data taken from the latest available cross-section of the European Community Household Panel (2001). Our study suggests that education can be a good productivity signal and helps reduce the range of the gap; furthermore, highly-educated women experience lesser gender-based pay differences as the length of the employment relationship increases.

Keywords: Gender wage gap; human capital; distributional analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J31 C14 C31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 40
Date: 2010
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