Discriminatory Social Attitudes and Varying Gender Pay Gaps within Firms

UZH Business Working Paper No. 327

45 Pages Posted: 23 Jan 2013 Last revised: 9 Feb 2018

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Simon Janssen

University of Zurich

Simone N. Tuor Sartore

University of Zurich - Department of Business Administration; University of Zurich - Economics of Education, Firm Behaviour and Training Policies

Uschi Backes-Gellner

University of Zurich - Institute for Business Administration; Swiss Leading House

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Date Written: December 14, 2014

Abstract

This study analyzes the relationship between discriminatory social attitudes and the variation of within-firm pay gaps by combining data on regional votes on gender equality laws with a data set of multi-establishments firms and their workers. The data set allows us for the first time to study gender pay gaps within the same firm across establishments located in regions with varying discriminatory social attitudes. Our results show that firms have larger pay gaps in regions with stronger discriminatory social attitudes. This result remains robust when we account for detailed worker and job characteristics and prevails for different subsamples. Thus we show that a relationship between discriminatory social attitudes and gender pay gaps prevails even after accounting for the sorting of women and men into different firms and occupations.

Keywords: Gender Pay Gap, Social Attitudes, Discrimination, Performance Pay

JEL Classification: J31, J33, J71, M5

Suggested Citation

Janssen, Simon and Tuor Sartore, Simone N. and Backes-Gellner, Uschi, Discriminatory Social Attitudes and Varying Gender Pay Gaps within Firms (December 14, 2014). UZH Business Working Paper No. 327. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2205629 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2205629

Simon Janssen

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Simone N. Tuor Sartore (Contact Author)

University of Zurich - Department of Business Administration ( email )

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Zurich, 8032
Switzerland
+ 41 - 44 - 6345192 (Phone)
+ 41 - 44 - 6344370 (Fax)

University of Zurich - Economics of Education, Firm Behaviour and Training Policies ( email )

Switzerland

Uschi Backes-Gellner

University of Zurich - Institute for Business Administration ( email )

Plattenstrasse 14
8032 Zurich
Switzerland
+41 44 6344281 (Phone)
+41 44 6344370 (Fax)

Swiss Leading House ( email )

Plattenstrasse 14
Zurich, 8032
Switzerland

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