Subject of Degree and the Gender Wage Differential Evidence from the UK and Germany

U of St. Gallen, Economics Discussion Paper No. 2002-28

14 Pages Posted: 4 Apr 2003

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Patrick A. Puhani

Leibniz Universität Hannover; University of St. Gallen - Swiss Institute for International Economics and Applied Economic Research; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Université Paris II - Panthéon-Assas

Stephen J. Machin

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Centre for Economic Performance (CEP); London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Economics

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Date Written: September 2002

Abstract

We show that controlling for subject of degree explains a significant part of the male/female gender wage differential amongst graduates. Using data from the labour force surveys of the United Kingdom and Germany, we find similar results in these two countries: Subject of degree explains about 2-4 percent higher wages of male over female graduates after controlling for age, industry, region, part-time and public sector employment. This is a significant part (between 8 to 20 percent) of the overall male/female gender wage gap, and an even larger amount of the part explained by factors entered into wage equations (at around 24 to 30 percent of the explained component).

Keywords: gender wage gap, field of major

JEL Classification: J16, J31, J71

Suggested Citation

Puhani, Patrick A. and Machin, Stephen J., Subject of Degree and the Gender Wage Differential Evidence from the UK and Germany (September 2002). U of St. Gallen, Economics Discussion Paper No. 2002-28, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=371982 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.371982

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