The Gender Earnings Gap Inside a Russian Firm: First Evidence from Personnel Data - 1997 to 2002

47 Pages Posted: 23 May 2008

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Thomas J. Dohmen

Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); Maastricht University - Business Investment Research Center (BIRC)

Hartmut Lehmann

University of Bologna - School of Economics, Management, and Statistics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Anzelika Zaiceva

University of Modena and Reggio Emilia; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

Using unique personnel data from one Russian firm for the years 1997 to 2002 we study the size, development and determinants of the gender earnings gap in an internal labor market during late transition. The gap is sizable but declines strongly over the entire period. Gender earnings differentials are largest for production workers who constitute the largest employee group in the firm. Various decompositions show that these differentials and their dynamics remain largely unexplained by observable characteristics at the mean and across the wage distribution. Our analysis also reveals that the earnings differentials for production workers largely stem from job assignment, as women are predominately assigned to lower paid jobs. Earnings gaps within job levels are small and almost fully explained by observed characteristics.

Keywords: gender earnings gap, personnel data, internal labor market, Russia

JEL Classification: J16, M52, P23

Suggested Citation

Dohmen, Thomas and Lehmann, Hartmut F. and Zaiceva, Anzelika, The Gender Earnings Gap Inside a Russian Firm: First Evidence from Personnel Data - 1997 to 2002. , Vol. , pp. -, . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1136233 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0042-7092.2007.00700.x

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Anzelika Zaiceva

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