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Title:Occupational feminization, specialized human capital and wages: Evidence from the British labour market PDF Logo
Authors:Perales, Francisco
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:ISER Working Paper Series 2010-31
Abstract:Research has consistently demonstrated a negative and significant relationship between occupational feminization and wages. This has traditionally been attributed to societal mechanisms undervaluing the work mainly performed by women. More recently, empirical evidence from the US and Europe has supported theories based on the concept of specialized human capital. We examine whether lower wages in female-dominated occupations in Britain are explained by differences in specialized human capital, allowing for other potentially mediating factors. We also explore the functional form of the relationship between occupational feminization and wages and estimate the contribution of occupational sex-segregation to the gender pay-gap.
Subjects:sex-segregation
human capital
skills
specialization
devaluation
JEL:C23
J16
J24
J31
Z13
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:ISER Working Paper Series, Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), University of Essex

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