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Parametric vs. semi-parametric estimation of the male-female wage gap: an application to France [March 2007]

Breunig, Robert; Rospabe, Sandrine


We use a semi-parametric method to decompose the difference in male and female wage densities into two parts-one explained by characteristics and one which is attributable to differences in returns to characteristics. We demonstrate that one learns substantially more about the gender wage gap in France through this analysis than through standard parametric techniques. In particular, we find that there are no unexplained differences in male and female earning distributions in the bottom...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
Date published: 2007-03
Type: Working/Technical Paper
Access Rights: Open Access


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