Fields of Training, Plant Characteristics and the Gender Wage Gap in Entry Wages Among Skilled Workers: Evidence from German Administrative Data

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This paper investigates the gender wage gap among skilled German workers after the end of vocational training using data from social security records. Using information on worker and plant characteristics for the training plant, results from standard decomposition techniques show that up to 92 % of an initial 14 % earnings disadvantage for women in the first job can be attributed to differences in endowments. Of these, occupational segregation explains up to two thirds of the earnings gap, with plant characteristics accounting for about 25 %.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJahrbücher für Nationalökonomie und Statistik
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)27-41
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 01.02.2010

    Research areas

  • Economics - Decomposition, Field of training, Gender wage gap