An Investigation of the Relationship between Job Characteristics and the Gender Wage Gap

Universitat Pompeu Fabra Economics and Business Working Paper No. 627

28 Pages Posted: 27 Jan 2003

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Jaume García

Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences

Pedro J. Hernández

University of Murcia

Ángel López Nicolás

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Abstract

This paper re-examines gender wage differences, taking into account not only worker characteristics but also job characteristics. Consideration of a wide set of "job quality" indicators can explain a fraction of the wage gap that would otherwise be attributed to pure wage discrimination. In any case, the fraction of the wage gap that remains associated to differential rewards for identical factors across sexes is still substantial. Our results suggest that in order to avoid overestimation of the fraction of the wage gap attributable to discrimination, it is necessary to control for job characteristics.

Keywords: Wage differentials

JEL Classification: J7, C4

Suggested Citation

García Villar, Jaume and Hernández Martínez, Pedro Jesús and López Nicolás, Ángel, An Investigation of the Relationship between Job Characteristics and the Gender Wage Gap. Universitat Pompeu Fabra Economics and Business Working Paper No. 627, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=320904 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.320904

Jaume García Villar (Contact Author)

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Pedro Jesús Hernández Martínez

University of Murcia ( email )

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Ángel López Nicolás

Universitat Pompeu Fabra ( email )

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