Humboldt University Berlin
Institutional Affiliation: Humboldt University Berlin
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|May 2007||Explaining Women's Success: Technological Change and the Skill Content of Women's Work|
with Sandra E. Black: w13116
The closing of the gender wage gap is an ongoing phenomenon in industrialized countries. However, research has been limited in its ability to understand the causes of these changes, due in part to an inability to directly compare the work of women to that of men. In this study, we use a new approach for analyzing changes in the gender pay gap that uses direct measures of job tasks and gives a comprehensive characterization of how work for men and women has changed in recent decades. Using data from West Germany, we find that women have witnessed relative increases in non-routine analytic tasks and non-routine interactive tasks, which are associated with higher skill levels. The most notable difference between the genders is, however, the pronounced relative decline in routine task input...
Published: Sandra E Black & Alexandra Spitz-Oener, 2010.
"Explaining Women's Success: Technological Change and the Skill Content of Women's Work,"
The Review of Economics and Statistics,
MIT Press, vol. 92(1), pages 187-194, 04.
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