An Analysis of Gender Wage Differentials in Russia from 1996-2002

30 Pages Posted: 9 Nov 2004

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Rita Hansberry

Alcohol, Tobacco, Tax and Trade Bureau

Date Written: September 2004


This paper examined the male-female differentials in hourly earnings in Russia from 1996 to 2002. The gender wage gap did not alter significantly in the earlier years, a period characterized by economic instability, but as the economy recovered, the differential in earnings increased initially. This trend reversed in 2002 and while the gender wage gap in mean earnings fell to its previous level the differential increased at the lower percentiles. Throughout all years, most of the gender wage differential is accounted for by differences in rewards rather than differences in observable characteristics. Occupational segregation continues to be a salient feature of the labor market with women clustered in professional, clerical and service occupations while men are more predominantly employed in blue-collar jobs.

Keywords: Russia, economic transition, gender wage gap, occupational segregation

JEL Classification: J16, J31, P31

Suggested Citation

Hansberry, Rita, An Analysis of Gender Wage Differentials in Russia from 1996-2002 (September 2004). Available at SSRN: or

Rita Hansberry (Contact Author)

Alcohol, Tobacco, Tax and Trade Bureau ( email )

Washington, DC 20551
United States

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