Do female managers help to lower within-firm gender pay gaps? Public institutions vs. private enterprises

12 December 2018

We analyse the link between the presence of female managers and the size of the firm-level gender pay gap. We look separately at the private and public sector, basing on a large linked employer-employee dataset for Poland. Using a non-parametric and parametric decompositions, we find that higher presence of female managers is associated with more pay advantage towards women in selected types of public sector units: the ones in which remunerations of women and men are already equal, and a large share of the workforce is tertiary-educated. The effects are, however, relatively small in size. In private establishments, lower gender wage inequality is associated with higher shares of female workers, but not female managers.

keywords: gender wage gap, wage inequalities, public sector, female managers, Ñopo decomposition, Oaxaca- Blinder decomposition
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language: english
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publishing series: IBS Working Paper
publication number: 08/2018
ISSN: 2451-4373
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This paper benefited from the financial support provided by the Narodowe Centrum Nauki/ National Science Center, Poland DEC-2013/10/E/HS4/00445. Ewa Cukrowska-Torzewska gratefully acknowledges the support of the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP). Manuscript accepted for publication in “Feminist Economics”.

Projects related to this publication:

Institute for Structural Research (IBS), University of Warsaw

Institute for Structural Research (IBS), Warsaw School of Economics (SGH)

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