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Analysing the Gender Wage Gap (GWG) Using Personnel Records

By Christian Pfeifer and Tatjana Sohr


We use monthly personnel records of a large German company for the years 1999-2005 to analyse the gender wage gap (GWG). The unconditional GWG is 15 per cent for blue-collar and 26 per cent for white-collar workers. Different returns to entry age explain a substantial part of the GWG as well as segregation of men and women in different hierarchical levels. The relative GWG increases with increasing tenure for blue-collar but declines for white-collar workers. Taking into account the different impact of general and firm-specific human capital on white-collar and blue-collar occupation, this is consistent with theories of statistical discrimination. Copyright 2009 CEIS, Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini and Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

DOI identifier: 10.1111/j.1467-9914.2009.00451.x
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