Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/24024
Authors: 
Heinze, Anja
Beninger, Denis
Beblo, Miriam
Laisney, François
Year of Publication: 
2003
Series/Report no.: 
ZEW Discussion Papers 03-74
Abstract: 
We investigate different techniques to assess the gender pay gap in five EU countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and United Kingdom), focusing on self-selection into market work. Results show that selectivity correction has an impact on both wage estimates and wage gap decomposition. If there is a positive correlation between the wage and the propensity to participate, the estimated pay gap understates the true difference in earnings when self-selection is ignored. The estimated pay gap differs considerably at different quantiles of the wage distribution, and is sensitive to the choice of estimator.
JEL: 
J31
J16
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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