Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/170813
Authors: 
Fortin, Nicole M.
Bell, Brian
Böhm, Michael Johannes
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10829
Abstract: 
This paper explores the consequences of the under-representation of women in top jobs for the overall gender pay gap. Using administrative annual earnings data from Canada, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, it applies the approach used in the analysis of earnings inequality in top incomes, as well as reweighting techniques, to the analysis of the gender pay gap. The analysis is supplemented by classic O-B decompositions of hourly wages using data from the Canadian and U.K. Labour Force Surveys. The paper finds that recent increases in top earnings led to substantial "swimming upstream" effects, therefore accounting for differential progress in the gender pay gap across time periods and a growing share of the gap unexplained by traditional factors.
Subjects: 
top incomes
earnings inequality
gender pay gap
JEL: 
J15
J16
J70
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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