Gender Gaps in the Labor Market


University of Warsaw, Poland


On 1 – 2 July the Gender Gaps Conference organised by GRAPE and Institute for Structural Research took place in Warsaw.
Differences across genders in the labour market are prevalent in developed and developing countries alike. Unequal access, differences in remuneration or occupational segregation describe only some of the gaps across genders. Yet, national, or even regional, labor markets are often characterized by particular features, which ask for individual analysis. In the context of post-transition economies, an understanding of the consequences of structural change, labour reallocation and the changes in cohort composition of the workforce should be integrated into the analysis of the roots and the scale of current gender gaps. The abundance and the rapid growth of research in this field offer great opportunities for collaboration and exchange of ideas among researchers.   This conference aims to create a forum where scholars interested in the analysis of gender gaps in the labor market can present and discuss theoretical, empirical and policy-related research on a broad range of connected issues, including but not limited to:
  • theoretical approaches to gender labour market gaps;
  • econometrics of estimating the gender gaps;
  • evidence from field, laboratory and natural experiments;
  • determinants of gender gaps, such as institutions, demographic processes, cultural changes and structure change;
  • country, sector, occupational, regional as well as comparative studies.
Jill Rubery (University of Manchester) in her opening keynote speech stressed that traditional explanations of gender pay gap no longer hold true. She emphasized the role of institutions and companies’ characteristics in shaping the gender pay gap. On the other hand, the second keynote speaker, Nuria Rodriguez-Planas (City University New York and IZA) underscored the importance of social and cultural norms, which largely influence the choices of women and men in their lives. During the second day of the conference she presented her research on gender gap in teenage smoking among children of immigrants in Spain. Her results show that the level of gender equality in the country of origin of parents is negatively related to the gender gap in smoking among children.

Program, papers, conference website

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The conference organized jointly by FAMEGRAPE,  IBS. Organizing Committee:
  • Iga Magda, Warsaw School of Economic and IBS
  • Joanna Tyrowicz, University of Warsaw and GRAPE
  • Lucas van der Velde, University of Warsaw and GRAPE

Scientific Committee

Roberta Gatti - World Bank Marike Knoef - Leiden University Irena Kotowska - Warsaw School of Economics Michał Myck - CenEA, DIW Berlin and IZA Nuria Rodriguez-Planas - City University New York and IZA Jill Rubery - Manchester University Claudia Senik - Paris School of Economics and IZA Klara Sabirianova-Peter - University of North Carolina and IZA Irene van Staveren - Erasmus University Anzelica Zaiceva - University of Modena and IZA
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