Intrafirm Mobility and Sex Differences in Pay

31 Pages Posted: 11 Apr 2003

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Michael R. Ransom

Brigham Young University - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Ronald L. Oaxaca

University of Arizona - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Date Written: January 2003

Abstract

In this paper we analyze eight years of employment data of a regional grocery store chain in the U.S. The data include job titles, wage rates, and earnings for all employees. We examine initial job assignments, mobility between departments, and mobility into supervisory and management positions in the firm. We model the flows of individuals between different departments and jobs within the firm as a Markov process. The estimated transition probabilities imply that expected seniority is greater for women. We find a pattern of intrafirm mobility and initial job assignment that generally penalizes women, even after taking account of individuals' characteristics.

Keywords: Job Mobility, Seniority, Gender Wage Differentials

JEL Classification: J3, J6

Suggested Citation

Ransom, Michael R. and Oaxaca, Ronald L., Intrafirm Mobility and Sex Differences in Pay (January 2003). IZA Discussion Paper No. 704. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=383103

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