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Andreas Menzel

CERGE EI
Politickych Veznu 7
11121 Prague
Czech Republic

E-Mail: Andreas.Menzel@cerge-ei.cz
Institutional Affiliation: CERGE-EI Prague

NBER Working Papers and Publications

June 2019Gender Wage Gaps and Worker Mobility: Evidence from the Garment Sector in Bangladesh
with Christopher Woodruff: w25982
Data from 70 large export-oriented garment manufacturers in Bangladesh show that gender wage gaps are similar to those found in higher-income countries. Among production workers, women’s wages are 8 percent lower. We show that by combining short administrative panels, survey data from a representative sample of workers, and structure, we can estimate how the wage gap evolves over workers’ careers. Gender differences in internal and across-factory promotions contribute roughly equally to the emergence of the gender gap over worker careers. Differences in promotion rates appear to arise mainly from career concerns rather than frictions coming from household responsibilities.
 
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