The Analysis on the Distribution of Clerical Support Workers’ Gender Wage Gap under Different Employment Forms in China

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Dinghong Y., Yan Y. (2013) Is There Always a “Sticky Floor Effect”  in China? The Analysis on  the Distribution of Clerical Support Workers’ Gender Wage Gap under Different Employment Forms in China

 

Abstract:

Global studies on the gender wage gap are paying more and more attention on the wage distribution instead of the average wage differentials, and conclusions are various from country to country. This paper is based on the “wageindicator” data from China, studying the distribution of Clerical Support Workers’ gender wage gap under different employment forms. We first separately describe the distribution characteristics of gender wage rate for regular employees and labor dispatching ones. In contrast with the “Sticky Floor Effect” found by other Chinese scholars, we find the evolution of Clerical Support Workers’ gender gap hides an intriguing composition effect. Then we use the quantile decomposition method proposed by Machado and Mata (2005) to do the quantile regression and counterfactual analysis on gender wage data under both employment forms, in order to find out the key factors affecting the gender wage gap, and to see whether gender discrimination or individual characteristics contribute more to gender wage gap. Furthermore, we test the quality of the “wageindicator” data and put forward recommendations to improve the data collection in the future.


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