Occupational Sex Segregation and Management-Level Wages in Germany: What Role Does Firm Size Play?

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Anne Busch

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) - German Socio Economic Panel

Elke Holst

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin); German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) - German Socio Economic Panel

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Date Written: May 1, 2012

Abstract

The paper analyzes the gender pay gap in private-sector management positions based on German panel data and using fixed-effects models. It deals with the effect of occupational sex segregation on wages, and the extent to which wage penalties for managers in predominantly female occupations are moderated by firm size. Drawing on economic and organizational approaches and the devaluation of women's work, we find wage penalties for female occupations in management only in large firms. This indicates a pronounced devaluation of female occupations, which might be due to the longer existence, stronger formalization, or more established "old-boy networks" of large firms.

Keywords: Gender pay gap, managerial positions, occupational sex segregation, gendered organization, firm size

JEL Classification: B54, J16, J24, J31, J71, L2, M51

Suggested Citation

Busch, Anne and Holst, Elke, Occupational Sex Segregation and Management-Level Wages in Germany: What Role Does Firm Size Play? (May 1, 2012). DIW Berlin Discussion Paper No. 1206. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2050372 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2050372

Anne Busch

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) - German Socio Economic Panel ( email )

DIW Berlin
Berlin, Berlin 14191
Germany

Elke Holst (Contact Author)

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) ( email )

Mohrenstra├če 58
Berlin, 10117
Germany

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) - German Socio Economic Panel ( email )

DIW Berlin
Berlin, Berlin 14191
Germany

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