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The distribution of gender wage discrimination in Italy and Spain: a comparison using the ECHP

Yolanda Pena‐Boquete (University of Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, Spain)
Sergio De Stefanis (University of Salerno, Salerno, Italy)
Manuel Fernandez‐Grela (University of Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, Spain)

International Journal of Manpower

ISSN: 0143-7720

Article publication date: 11 May 2010

Abstract

Purpose

In this paper the aim is to focus on the individual distribution of gender wage discrimination in Spain and Italy, relying upon the development of Jenkins' distributional approach proposed in Del Rio et al.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors estimate the degree of individual discrimination for each employed woman and, relying on the decomposability properties of these estimates, assess the nature and extent of discrimination across various socio‐economic groupings.

Findings

Some mechanisms inhibit the access of highly educated women to highly rewarding occupations in Italy, especially in the public sector, but not in Spain.

Research limitations/implications

The treatment of occupation and sector of activity has some impact on the results, shedding doubt on the robustness of some previous analyses of discrimination in these countries.

Practical implications

While no doubt the appraisal of the glass ceiling in the Italian labour market will gain extensively from further research, some prima facie evidence is found highlighting the role of appointment and promotion procedures.

Originality/value

A remarkable institutional divide characterises Spain and Italy in the domain of gender wage discrimination. Powerful political pressure along the lines of gender quotas for public employment has long been in place in Spain, while nothing of the kind has existed in Italy.

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Citation

Pena‐Boquete, Y., De Stefanis, S. and Fernandez‐Grela, M. (2010), "The distribution of gender wage discrimination in Italy and Spain: a comparison using the ECHP", International Journal of Manpower, Vol. 31 No. 2, pp. 109-137. https://doi.org/10.1108/01437721011042232

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