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.
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”.