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Understanding gender gap further

Resource Type
  • Stanfors, Maria (Lund University)
  • Burnette, Joyce (Wabash college, IN)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
[wage; gender; , wage; gender; firms; , wage; ]
  • Abstract

    To better understand the historical gender wage gap, we investigate the wages of Swedish compositors circa 1900 using a rich dataset of matched employer-employee information with national coverage. In line with previous findings, women earned about 70 percent of men’s wages on average. Individual and job characteristics explain much of this shortfall. Firm characteristics or firm fixed effects on average explain 17 percent of the gap, though the firm mattered more for the gender gap in big cities than elsewhere. Sorting across firms is thus an important part of understanding historical gender wage gaps. While most studies conclude that a significant portion of the gender gap is unexplained, suggesting labor market discrimination, this may result from a lack of information on the distribution of men and women across firms.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1902-01-01 / 1903-12-31
    Time Period: Wed Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 1902--Thu Dec 31 00:00:00 EST 1903
Geographic Coverage
  • Sweden
Collection Mode
  • Undersökning av tryckerier mm 1903, Avdelningen för arbetsstatistik, HII a:1 vol 1-6 samt HII a:2 vol 1-12, Kommerskollegiets arkiv, National Archives (Riksarkivet), Stockholm.

  • “Understanding the Gender Gap Further: The Case of Turn-of-the-Century Swedish Compositors.” Journal of Economic History, n.d.

Update Metadata: 2019-08-25 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2019-08-25

Stanfors, Maria; Burnette, Joyce (2018): Understanding gender gap further. Version: 1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.