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The Measurement of Gender Wage Discrimination: The Distributional Approach Revisited

42 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2011  

Carlos Gradín

University of Vigo

Coral del Río

University of Vigo

Olga Cantó-Sánchez

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: July 1, 2004

Abstract

This paper presents the advantages of taking into account the distribution of the individual wage gap when analysing female wage discrimination. The limitations of previous approaches such as the classic Oaxaca-Blinder and the recent distributive proposals using quantile regressions or counterfactual functions are thoroughly discussed. The new methodology presented here relies on Jenkins' (1994) work and proposes the use of poverty and deprivation literature techniques that are directly applicable to the measurement of discrimination. As an illustrative example we measure female wage discrimination in Spain aggregating individual wage gaps estimated with OLS and quantile regressions.

Keywords: distributive analysis, gender, wage discrimination

JEL Classification: I32, J16, J31, J71

Suggested Citation

Gradín, Carlos and del Río, Coral and Cantó-Sánchez, Olga, The Measurement of Gender Wage Discrimination: The Distributional Approach Revisited (July 1, 2004). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=622301 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.622301

Carlos Manuel Gradín Lago (Contact Author)

University of Vigo ( email )

As Lagoas Marcosende s/n
Departmento de Economia Aplicada
36200 Vigo
Spain
+34 986 812514 (Phone)
+34 986 812401 (Fax)

Coral Del Río Otero

University of Vigo ( email )

Department of Economics Campus Lagoas - Marcosende s/n
E-36200 Vigo
Spain
34 986 812514 (Phone)
34 986 812401 (Fax)

Olga Cantó-Sánchez

affiliation not provided to SSRN

No Address Available

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