Wages and Gender Composition: Why do Women's Jobs Pay Less?

  title={Wages and Gender Composition: Why do Women's Jobs Pay Less?},
  author={D. Macpherson and B. Hirsch},
  journal={Journal of Labor Economics},
  pages={426 - 471}
Occupational sex segregation and its relationship with wages during 1973-93 are examined. Wage level and wage change models are estimated using Current Population Survey data matched with measures of occupational skills and job disamenities. Standard analysis confirms that wage levels are substantially lower in predominantly female occupations. Gender composition effects are reduced by about a quarter for women and by over one-half for men following control for skill-related occupational… Expand
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