Gender Wage Gap at Career Entry. A Quantitative Analysis for Switzerland

Bertschy, Kathrin; Walker, Philipp; Baeriswyl, Annick; Marti, Michael (2014). Gender Wage Gap at Career Entry. A Quantitative Analysis for Switzerland. Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Soziologie / Swiss journal of sociology / Revue suisse de sociologie, 40(2), pp. 279-305. Seismo Press

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Economic theories focus on gender differences in human capital investment, built up with occupational experience, to explain the gender wage gap. Given that young women now match or surpass men’s educational achievements, gender differences in early career wages should not occur. Using Swiss longitudinal TREE Data, the empirical analysis of career entry wages in Switzerland show that young women have lower earnings because traditional female occupations are paid less. In addition, they often choose specific work contents that go together with lower compensation. Even equally qualified women with identical occupational training working in gender-mixed occupations start with lower wages than men. The unexplained component of the wage difference is about 7% when entering the labor market.

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Thomas Meyer

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21 Aug 2019 12:35

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25 Oct 2019 17:11

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