event
Brown Bag Lunch
Thursday
24
September
BBL

Knowledge Intensity and Gender Wage Gaps: Evidence from Linked Employer-Employee Data

Radu Barza, PhD student in Development Economics
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Petal 2 Room S1, Maison de la paix (Geneva)

The Brown Bag Lunch is a weekly event organized by International Economics.

As part of the Brown Bag Lunch series, the International Economics Department at the Graduate Institute is pleased to invite you to a public talk given by Radu Barza, PhD student in Development Economics.

He will present his paper Knowledge Intensity and Gender Wage Gaps: Evidence from Linked Employer-Employee Data, coauthored with Cristian Jara-Figueroa, César A. Hidalgo, and Martina Viarengo.

Abstract: Do knowledge intense jobs exhibit lower gender gaps in wages? Here we use a linked employer-employee dataset of the entire Brazilian formal labor force to study the relationship between gender wage gaps and the knowledge intensity of industries and occupations. We find that employees in high-skilled occupations and industries experience lower gender wage gaps, and that the effect of knowledge intensity is stronger when the demand for skilled labor is high and the supply of skilled labor is low. We also find evidence that the gender wage gap of skilled workers, but not that of unskilled workers, decreases when knowledge intense industries grow. These effects are robust to controlling for individual, occupation, sector, and location characteristics. To address endogeneity concerns, we use a Bartik instrument based on labor demand shocks. Together, these findings suggest that competition for skilled labor in knowledge intense industries contributes to the reduction of gender wage gaps.