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
Date Written: September 2002
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
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