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Title:Subject of Degree and the Gender Wage Differential Evidence from the UK and Germany PDF Logo
Authors:Machin, Stephen
Puhani, Patrick A.
Issue Date:2002
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion paper series 553
Abstract:We show that controlling for subject of degree explains a significant part of the male/female gender wage differential amongst graduates. Using data from the labour force surveys of the United Kingdom and Germany, we find similar results in these two countries: subject of degree explains about 2-4 percent higher wages of male over female graduates after controlling for age, industry, region, part-time and public sector employment. This is a significant part (between 9 to 19 percent) of the overall male/female gender wage gap, and an even larger amount of the part explained by factors entered into wage equations (at around 20 to 29 percent of the explained component).
Subjects:gender wage gap
field of major
JEL:J71
J16
J31
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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