Male-Female Wage Discrimination in Chinese Industry - Investigation Using Firm-Level Data

28 Pages Posted: 23 Dec 2007  

Liqin Zhang

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Xiao-Yuan Dong

University of Winnipeg

Abstract

We use firm-level data to analyze male-female wage discrimination in China's industry. We find that there is a significant negative association between wages and the share of female workers in a firm's labor force. However, we also find that the marginal productivity of female workers is significantly lower than that of male workers. Comparing wage gaps and productivity gaps between men and women, we notice an intriguing contrast between state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and private firms. The wage gap is smaller than the productivity gap in SOEs, while the converse is true for private firms. These results suggest that women in the state sector receive wage premiums, whereas women in the private sector face wage discrimination.

Suggested Citation

Zhang, Liqin and Dong, Xiao-Yuan, Male-Female Wage Discrimination in Chinese Industry - Investigation Using Firm-Level Data. Economics of Transition, Vol. 16, Issue 1, pp. 85-112, January 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1078002 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0351.2007.00317.x

Liqin Zhang (Contact Author)

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Xiao-Yuan Dong

University of Winnipeg ( email )

Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2E9
Canada

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