Decomposing gender differences in college student earnings expectations

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Title: Decomposing gender differences in college student earnings expectations
Authors: Delaney, Liam
Harmon, Colm
Remond, Cathy
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2696
Date: Sep-2010
Abstract: Despite the increasing coverage and prevalence of equality legislation and the general alignment of key determining characteristics such as educational attainment, gender differentials continue to persist in labour market outcomes, including earnings. Recently, evidence has been found supporting the role of typically unobserved non-cognitive factors in explaining these gender differentials. We contribute to this literature by testing whether gender gaps in the earnings expectations of a representative group of Irish university students are explained by simultaneously controlling for gender heterogeneity across a wide array of cognitive and noncognitive factors. Non-cognitive factors were found to play a significant role in explaining the gender gap, however, gender differentials persist even after controlling for an extensive range of cognitive and non-cognitive factors. Nearly three-quarters of the short run and two-thirds of the long run differential could not be explained.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. Geary Institute
Keywords: Gender;Education;Inequality;Discrimination;Earnings expectations
Subject LCSH: Wages--College students
Wages--Sex differences
Wage differentials
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Geary Institute Working Papers

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