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Gender Earnings Gaps in the World

61 Pages Posted: 31 May 2011  

Hugo Ñopo

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Nancy Daza

Universidad del Rosario - National Planning Department

Johanna Ramos

National University of Colombia

Abstract

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.

Keywords: gender, wage gaps, matching

JEL Classification: C14, D31, J16, O57

Suggested Citation

Ñopo, Hugo and Daza, Nancy and Ramos, Johanna, Gender Earnings Gaps in the World. IZA Discussion Paper No. 5736. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1855188

Hugo Nopo (Contact Author)

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) ( email )

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Nancy Daza

Universidad del Rosario - National Planning Department ( email )

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Colombia
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Johanna Ramos

National University of Colombia ( email )

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