Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/89112
Authors: 
Hoyos, Alejandro
Nopo, Hugo
Pena, Ximena
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
IDB Working Paper Series IDB-WP-174
Abstract: 
This paper surveys gender wage gaps in Colombia from 1994 to 2006, using matching comparisons to examine the extent to which individuals with similar human capital characteristics earn different wages. Three sub-periods are considered: 1994-1998; 2000- 2001; and 2002- 2006. The gaps dropped from the first to the second period but remained almost unchanged between the second and the third. The gender wage gap remains largely unexplained after controlling for different combinations of socio-demographics and job-related characteristics, reaching between 13 and 23 percent of average female wages. That gap is lower at the middle of the wage distributions than the extremes, possibly due to a gender-equalizing effect of the minimum wage. Moreover, the gap is more pronounced for low-productivity workers and those who need flexibility to participate in labor markets. This suggests that policy interventions in the form of labor market regulations may have little impact on reducing gender wage gaps.
Subjects: 
Gender
Ethnicity
Wage gaps
Latin America
Colombia
Matching
JEL: 
C14
D31
J16
O54
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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