Does Pay Transparency Affect the Gender Wage Gap? Evidence From Austria

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Andreas Gulyas

University of Mannheim - School of Economics (VWL)

Sebastian Seitz

ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research

Sourav Sinha

Yale University, Department of Economics

Date Written: 2021

Abstract

We study the 2011 Austrian Pay Transparency Law, which requires firms above a size threshold to publish internal reports on the gender pay gap. Using an event-study design, we show that the policy had no discernible effects on male and female wages, thus leaving the gender wage gap unchanged. The effects are precisely estimated and we rule out that the policy narrowed the gender wage gap by more than 0.4 p.p.. Moreover, we do not find evidence for wage compression within establishments. We discuss several possible reasons why the reform did not reduce the gender wage gap.

Keywords: Gender Pay Gap, Pay Transparency

JEL Classification: J08, J31, J38, J78

Suggested Citation

Gulyas, Andreas and Seitz, Sebastian and Sinha, Sourav, Does Pay Transparency Affect the Gender Wage Gap? Evidence From Austria (2021). ZEW - Centre for European Economic Research Discussion Paper No. 21-076, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3949832 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3949832

Andreas Gulyas (Contact Author)

University of Mannheim - School of Economics (VWL) ( email )

Mannheim 68131
Germany

Sebastian Seitz

ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research ( email )

P.O. Box 10 34 43
L 7,1
D-68034 Mannheim, 68034
Germany

Sourav Sinha

Yale University, Department of Economics ( email )

28 Hillhouse Ave
New Haven, CT 06520-8268
United States

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