Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/20067
Authors: 
Weichselbaumer, Doris
Winter-Ebmer, Rudolf
Year of Publication: 
2003
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion paper series 822
Abstract: 
This paper evaluates the impact of economic and legal variables on wage differentials between men and women. Since Becker (1957) economists have argued that competitive markets eliminate discrimination in the long run. On the other hand, practically all countries have enacted some sort of law mandating equal treatment of men and women. This paper uses a new international data set on the gender wage gap, which is constructed via a metaanalysis of existing studies. The findings show that both increased competition and the enactment of equal treatment laws reduce the gender wage gap.
Subjects: 
gender wage gap
competition
equal treatment law
JEL: 
J71
J31
J16
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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