This paper is an essay on the challenges that arise when attempting to quantify the extent of labor market discrimination against women. Three major economic theories of labor market discrimination are discussed: tastes and preferences, market power, and statistical discrimination. Decomposition methodology is presented and critiqued. Issues associated with attempts to use decomposition methodology to correct gender salary inequities in the work place are carefully examined.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||33|
|Journal||Swedish Economic Policy Review|
|State||Published - Mar 2007|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)