Occupational licensing and the gender wage gap

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Author: Koumenta, Maria; Pagliero, Mario; Rostam-Afschar, Davud


We use a unique survey of the EU labor force to investigate the relationship between occupational licensing and the gender wage gap. We find that the gender wage gap is canceled for licensed self-employed workers. However, this closure of the gender wage gap is not mirrored by significant changes in the gender gap in hours worked. Our results are robust using decomposition methods, quantile regressions, different datasets, and selection correction.

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Subjects: Employment; Governance; Gender; Income

Keywords: Occupational licensing; Wage differential; Self employed; Hours of work; Labour supply; Survey; Data analysis; European Union

Geographic subjects: Europe

Published: Essen, Germany: Global Labor Organization (GLO), 2020

Physical description: 40 p.

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Series: GLO discussion paper series; no. 689

Resource type: Discussion paper

Document number: TD/TNC 146.726

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