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Explaining the gender wage gap among recent college graduates: pre-labour market factors or empolyer discrimination?
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Economics and Statistics. (Linnaeus University Centre for Labour Market and Discrimination Studies)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5620-4745
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Economics and Statistics. (Linnaeus University Centre for Labour Market and Discrimination Studies)
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Economics and Statistics. IZA ; CReAM. (Linnaeus University Centre for Labour Market and Discrimination Studies)
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Abstract [en]

We investigate the gender wage gap upon labor market entry among recent college graduates in Sweden and find a raw male-female wage gap of 12 percent. After adding controls for pre-labor market factors, only a gap of approximately 2.9 percent remains. Hence, pre-labor market factors, and especially the type of college major, explain the bulk of the initial gender wage gap, and there is little that can be attributed to employer discrimination. However, given the high minimum wages in the Swedish labor market discrimination may not be apparent in wages. Instead, employers may discriminate against women in hiring. Using data from a hiring experiment, we do not find any evidence of this. On the contrary, female job applicants tend to be preferred over male job applicants.

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Linnaeus University Centre for Labour Market and Discrimination Studies , 2015. , p. 35
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Working paper series: Linnaeus University Centre for Labour Market and Discrimination Studies ; 2015:7
Keywords [en]
Gender wage gaps, Higher education, Gender discrimination
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Economics
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Economy, Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-50615OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-50615DiVA, id: diva2:911336
Available from: 2016-03-11 Created: 2016-03-11 Last updated: 2018-02-01Bibliographically approved

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