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ERIC Number: EJ944368
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 48
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-166X
The Gender Pay Gap Beyond Human Capital: Heterogeneity in Noncognitive Skills and in Labor Market Tastes
Grove, Wayne A.; Hussey, Andrew; Jetter, Michael
Journal of Human Resources, v46 n4 p827-874 Fall 2011
Focused on human capital, economists typically explain about half of the gender earnings gap. For a national sample of MBAs, we account for 82 percent of the gap by incorporating noncognitive skills (for example, confidence and assertiveness) and preferences regarding family, career, and jobs. Those two sources of gender heterogeneity account for a quarter of the "explained" pay gap, with half due to human capital variables and the other quarter due to hours worked and current job characteristics. Female MBAs appear to pay a penalty for "good citizen" behavior (choosing jobs that contribute to society) and characteristics (higher ethical standards). (Contains 10 tables and 41 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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