Effects of Marriage, Education and Occupation on the Female/Male Wage Gap in China

20 Pages Posted: 29 Dec 2002

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James W. Hughes

Bates College - Department of Economics

Margaret Maurer-Fazio

Bates College - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

In the present study the way in which the gender wage gap in urban China differs according to marital status, education and occupation, is examined. Married Chinese women experience much larger absolute gender wage gaps than their unmarried counterparts. The proportion of the gender wage gap unexplained by differences in the levels of productive characteristics is also higher for married women than single women. Gender wage gaps are smaller for more educated women. These findings suggest that occupational segregation is not as important a factor as industrial segregation in accounting for the gender wage gap in China's urban labour markets.

Suggested Citation

Hughes, James Wesley and Maurer-Fazio, Margaret, Effects of Marriage, Education and Occupation on the Female/Male Wage Gap in China. Pacific Economic Review, Vol. 7, pp. 137-156, 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=309379

James Wesley Hughes (Contact Author)

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Margaret Maurer-Fazio

Bates College - Department of Economics ( email )

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