An investigation of the relationship between job characteristics and the gender wage gap

  1. 1 Universitat Pompeu Fabra

    Universitat Pompeu Fabra

    Barcelona, España


  2. 2 Universidad de Murcia

    Universidad de Murcia

    Murcia, España


  3. 3 Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena

    Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena

    Cartagena, España


Rect@: Revista Electrónica de Comunicaciones y Trabajos de ASEPUMA

ISSN: 1575-605X

Year of publication: 2013

Issue Title: Serie Monografías. Métodos cuantitativos e informática

Volume: 4

Issue: 1

Pages: 281-292

Type: Article

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This paper re-examines gender wage differences, taking into account not only worker characteristics but also job characteristics. Consideration of a wide set of “job quality” indicators can explain a fraction of the wage gap that would otherwise be attributed to pure wage discrimination. In any case, the fraction of the wage gap that remains associated to differential rewards for identical factors across sexes is still substantial. Our results suggest that in order to avoid overestimation of the fraction of the wage gap attributable to discrimination, it is necessary to control for job characteristics.

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