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Gender Wage Differentials in Italy: a Structural Estimation Approach

Sulis, Giovanni (2008) Gender Wage Differentials in Italy: a Structural Estimation Approach. Working Paper. CRENoS.


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This paper studies gender wage differentials in Italy by providing a structural estimation of the frictional parameters of two different theoretical specifications of an equilibrium search model. I alternatively allow for firm heterogeneity and discrimination empirically using maximum likelihood and matching .first moments in the data. Results indicate substantial differences in transition parameters with higher level of search frictions for women. The mapping from productivity to wages for men is highly non linear, with high productivity firms offering proportionally higher wages; for women, the relationships is almost linear. Including discrimination, I find that productivity accounts for 61% of the wage offer differential, search for 28% and 11% is the part of discrimination.

Item Type:Technical Report / Working Paper / Project Report (Working Paper)
Institution:Universita' degli Studi di Cagliari
Divisions:Centri > CRENoS Centro Ricerche Economiche Nord Sud
Subjects:Area 13 - Scienze economiche e statistiche > SECS-S/05 Statistica sociale
Uncontrolled Keywords:Gender Wage Differentials, Equilibrium Search, Discrimination, Structural Estimation, Italy
ID Code:194
Deposited On:07 Nov 2008 10:25

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