Gender Differences in Sorting

Luca Paolo Merlino, Pierpaolo Parrotta, Dario Pozzoli

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Abstract

In this paper, we investigate the sorting of workers in firms to understand gender gaps in labor market outcomes. Using Danish employer-employee matched data, we fiend strong evidence of glass ceilings in certain firms, especially after motherhood, preventing women from climbing the career ladder and causing the most productive female workers to seek better jobs in more female-friendly firms in which they can pursue small career advancements. Nonetheless, gender differences in promotion persist and are found to be similar in all firms when we focus on large career advancements. These results provide evidence of the sticky floor hypothesis, which, together with the costs associated with changing employer, generates persistent gender gaps.
In this paper, we investigate the sorting of workers in firms to understand gender gaps in labor market outcomes. Using Danish employer-employee matched data, we fiend strong evidence of glass ceilings in certain firms, especially after motherhood, preventing women from climbing the career ladder and causing the most productive female workers to seek better jobs in more female-friendly firms in which they can pursue small career advancements. Nonetheless, gender differences in promotion persist and are found to be similar in all firms when we focus on large career advancements. These results provide evidence of the sticky floor hypothesis, which, together with the costs associated with changing employer, generates persistent gender gaps.
LanguageEnglish
Place of PublicationFrederiksberg
PublisherCopenhagen Business School, CBS
Number of pages44
StatePublished - 19 May 2014
SeriesWorking Paper / Department of Economics. Copenhagen Business School
Number1-2014

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    Merlino, L. P., Parrotta, P., & Pozzoli, D. (2014). Gender Differences in Sorting. Frederiksberg: Copenhagen Business School, CBS. Working Paper / Department of Economics. Copenhagen Business School, No. 1-2014
    Merlino, Luca Paolo ; Parrotta, Pierpaolo ; Pozzoli, Dario . / Gender Differences in Sorting. Frederiksberg : Copenhagen Business School, CBS, 2014. (Working Paper / Department of Economics. Copenhagen Business School; No. 1-2014).
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