Sociability Capital and Gender Wage Gap

17 Pages Posted: 29 Mar 2019

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Herman Sahni

Baldwin Wallace University

Suresh L. Paul


Date Written: March 10, 2019


This study develops a job-signaling model to study the gender wage gap for occupations in which both cognitive and non-cognitive skills are productive. Workers acquire both education and sociability capital to signal their skills. The results show that a gender wage gap occurs when working women divert time away from sociability capital accumulation to meet family responsibilities.

Keywords: gender wage gap, social networks, job market signaling, wage differentials, non-linear wage structures, wage penalty, two-dimensional signaling

JEL Classification: J16, J31, D82, D85

Suggested Citation

Sahni, Herman and Paul, Suresh Lazarus, Sociability Capital and Gender Wage Gap (March 10, 2019). Available at SSRN: or

Herman Sahni (Contact Author)

Baldwin Wallace University ( email )

Suresh Lazarus Paul

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