Quantile Regression and the Gender Wage Gap: Is there a Glass Ceiling in the Turkish Labor Market?

34 Pages Posted: 5 Sep 2013

Date Written: July 31, 2010

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to examine the existence of a significant glass ceiling effect in the Turkish labor market. By glass ceiling we mean the existence of a gender wage gap significantly more pronounced at the upper tail of the wage distribution than at the middle or lower tail. In the first step of the analysis, quantile regressions are estimated using data from the Structure of Earnings Survey 2006 conducted by the Turkish Statistical Institute. Several alternative model specifications are explored. In the second step, counterfactual wage distributions are generated, to quantify the role of worker attributes versus returns to these attributes shaping the gender wage gap. The quantile regression estimates and the decomposition analyses consistently show that the gender wage gap is more pronounced at the upper tail of the wage distribution, implying the existence of a glass ceiling effect for women in the Turkish labor market.

Keywords: Gender wage gap, quantile regression, decomposition

JEL Classification: C21, J31, J71

Suggested Citation

Kaya, Ezgi, Quantile Regression and the Gender Wage Gap: Is there a Glass Ceiling in the Turkish Labor Market? (July 31, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2320411 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2320411

Ezgi Kaya (Contact Author)

Cardiff Business School ( email )

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Cardiff, CF10 3EU
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