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Stagnation only on the surface? The implications of skill and family responsibilities for the gender wage gap in Sweden, 1974–2010
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI).
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI).
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI).
2017 (English)In: British Journal of Sociology, ISSN 0007-1315, E-ISSN 1468-4446, Vol. 68, no 4, 595-619 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The wage differential between women and men persists in advanced economies despite the inflow of women into qualified occupations in recent years. Using five waves of the Swedish Level-of-Living Survey (LNU), this paper explores the gender wage gap in Sweden during the 1974–2010 period overall and by skill level. The empirical analyses showed that the general gender wage gap has been nearly unchanged for the past 30 years. However, the gender difference in wage in less qualified occupations fell considerably, whereas the gender pay gap remained stable for men and women in qualified occupations. The larger significance of family responsibilities for wages in qualified occupations is one likely explanation for this result.

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2017. Vol. 68, no 4, 595-619 p.
Keyword [en]
Gender wage gap, labour market, occupational skill, housework, gender inequality, time trends
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-150260DOI: 10.1111/1468-4446.12252ISI: 000416954100001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-150260DiVA: diva2:1166141
Available from: 2017-12-14 Created: 2017-12-14 Last updated: 2018-01-08Bibliographically approved

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