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Beneath the surface: The decline in gender injury gap

Razzolini, Tiziano and Leombruni, Roberto and Mastrobuoni, Giovanni and Pagliero, Mario (2014) 'Beneath the surface: The decline in gender injury gap.' Labour Economics, 30 (C). pp. 282-288. ISSN 0927-5371

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Gender differences in the labor market are typically measured by the wage gap. In this paper, we investigate how extending the analysis to an additional job amenity, namely workplace safety, may shed new light on the evolution of gender differences. Our results show that focusing on one unique measure of the gender gap may provide a biased view of the actual progress of women in the labor market. In our data, a significant reduction in the wage gap has been accompanied by a relative increase in injury risk for some groups of workers, e.g. low-skilled female workers. The decreased gender wage gap for these workers does not necessarily imply an overall improvement in their labor market outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Gender gap; Workplace injury; Job amenities; Wage differentials
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2015 15:09
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2022 22:01

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