The Distribution of the German Public-Private Wage Gap

35 Pages Posted: 5 May 2003

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Hendrik Jürges

University of Mannheim - Mannheim Research Institute for the Economics of Aging (MEA); German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

Abstract

This paper provides a distributional analysis of the public-private sector wage gap in Germany from 1984 to 1996. The public sector wage distribution is generally less dispersed than the private sector wage distribution. The raw wage differential is positive for males who are at the lower tail of the male wage distribution and negative at the upper tail. In contrast, females enjoy positive wage gaps along most part of the wage distribution. A decomposition analysis reveals that the male wage premium, i.e. the part of the wage gap not accounted for by differences in observable characteristics, is uniformly negative, whereas the female wage premium is positive.

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Jürges, Hendrik, The Distribution of the German Public-Private Wage Gap. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=313690

Hendrik Jürges (Contact Author)

University of Mannheim - Mannheim Research Institute for the Economics of Aging (MEA) ( email )

D-68131 Mannheim
Germany

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

Mohrenstraße 58
Berlin, 10117
Germany

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