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Title:Swimming Upstream, Floating Downstream: Comparing Women's Relative Wage Position in the U.S. and Denmark PDF Logo
Authors:Gupta, Nabanita Datta
Oaxaca, Ronald L.
Smith, Nina
Issue Date:2003
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion paper series 756
Abstract:We compare how U.S. and Danish gender wage gaps have developed between 1983 and 1995 using U.S. PSID and Danish Longitudinal Sample data. Using a new decomposition method, we show that changes in returns to observable skills and ranking effects outweigh women?s gains due to qualifications and account for a rising gap in Denmark, while these effects cannot counter the large decline in the wage gap in the U.S. in this period. Increased wage dispersion has a minimal effect on the gap in both countries. Women at the highest decile in Denmark face the biggest increase in the gap, while in the U.S., the decline is largest at the top and at the middle of the distribution.
Subjects:gender wage gaps
decomposition method
JEL:J7
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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