The Trend over Time of the Gender Wage Gap in Italy

Chiara Mussida, Matteo Picchio

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We analyse gender wage gaps in Italy in the mid-1990s and in the mid-2000s. In this period, important labour market developments took place and they could have had a gender asymmetric impact on wages. We identify the time trends of different components of the gender wage gap across all the wage distribution. Although the unconditional gender wage gap remained roughly constant over time, we find that the component of the gap due to different rewards of similar characteristics deteriorated women’s relative wage.We show that especially women at the centre-top of the wage distribution swam against the tide: while the trend in female qualifications slightly reduced the gender wage gap, the gender-relative trends in the wage structure significantly increased it.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1081-1110
Number of pages30
JournalEmpirical Economics
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Decompositions
  • Gender wage gap
  • Hazard function
  • Self-selection


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