Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/71850
Authors: 
Theurl, Engelbert
Winner, Hannes
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
Working Papers in Economics and Finance, University of Salzburg 2010-15
Abstract: 
Empirical evidence from U.S. studies suggests that female physicians earn less than their male counterparts, on average. The earnings gap does not disappear when individual and market characteristics are controlled for. This paper investigates whether a gender earnings difference can also be observed in a health care system predominantly financed by public insurance companies. Using a unique data set of physicians' earnings recorded by a public social security agency in an Austrian province between 2000 and 2004, we find a gender gap in average earnings of about 32 percent. A substantial share of this gap (20 to 47 percent) cannot be explained by individual and market characteristics, leaving labor market discrimination as one possible explanation for the observed gender earnings difference of physicians.
Subjects: 
Health care financing
physician earnings
wage composition
JEL: 
I11
I18
J31
J71
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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