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Geography, Joint Choices and the Reproduction of Gender Inequality


Olav Sorenson


Yale School of Management

Michael S. Dahl


Aalborg University - Department of Business and Management

May 22, 2013


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We examine the extent to which the gender wage gap stems from dual-earner couples jointly choosing where to live. If couples locate in places better suited for the man’s employment than for the woman’s, the resulting mismatch of women to employers will depress women’s wages. Examining data from Denmark, our analyses indicate (i) that Danish couples chose locations with higher expected wages for the man than for the woman, (ii) that the better matching of men in couples to local employers could account for up to 36% of the gender wage gap, and (iii) that the greatest asymmetry in the apparent importance of the man’s versus the woman’s potential earnings occurred among couples with pre-school age children and where the male partner had parents with unequal earnings (both implicating traditional general roles as a cause).

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Date posted: December 6, 2011 ; Last revised: June 1, 2013

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Sorenson, Olav and Dahl, Michael S., Geography, Joint Choices and the Reproduction of Gender Inequality (May 22, 2013). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1968440 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1968440

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Olav Sorenson
Yale School of Management ( email )
135 Prospect Street
P.O. Box 208200
New Haven, CT 06520-8200
United States

Michael Slavensky Dahl (Contact Author)
Aalborg University - Department of Business and Management ( email )
Fibigerstraede 11
Aalborg Ø, 9220
Denmark
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