Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/101322
Authors: 
Hirsch, Boris
Oberfichtner, Michael
Schnabel, Claus
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IWQW Discussion Paper Series 08/2014
Abstract: 
Using linked employer-employee panel data for West Germany that include direct information on the competition faced by plants, we investigate the effect of product market competition on the gender pay gap. Controlling for match fixed effects we find that intensified competition significantly lowers the unexplained gap in plants with neither collective agreements nor a works council. Conversely, there is no effect in plants with these types of worker codetermination, which are unlikely to have enough discretion to adjust wages in the short run. We also document a larger competition effect in plants with few females in their workforces. Our findings are in line with Beckerian taste-based employer wage discrimination that is limited by competitive forces.
Subjects: 
gender pay gap
discrimination
product market competition
JEL: 
J16
J31
J71
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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