Gender Earnings Gaps in the World
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
Universidad del Rosario - National Planning Department
National University of Colombia
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5736
This paper documents gender disparities in labor earnings for sixty-four countries around the world. Disparities are partially attributed to gender differences in observable socio-demographic and job characteristics. These characteristics are used to match males and females such that gender earnings disparities are computed only among individuals with the same characteristics, as in Nopo (2008). After comparing males and females with the same characteristics we found that the earnings gap falls within a range between 8% and 48% of average females' earnings, being more pronounced in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. The unexplained earnings gaps are more pronounced among part-time workers and those with low education.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 61
Keywords: gender, wage gaps, matching
JEL Classification: C14, D31, J16, O57
Date posted: May 31, 2011
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