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The sex wage gap in Japan and Sweden. The role of human capital, workplace sex segregation, and family responsibility.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI).
2007 (English)In: European Sociological Review, Vol. 23, no 2, 203-221 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study examines sources of the sex wage gap in Sweden and Japan by focusing on the significance of human capital, workplace sex segregation, and family situation using recent and nationwide individual-level data. Contrasting determinants of the sex wage gap in the two advanced countries Japan and Sweden are of interest because these two societies differ significantly in their gender policies and sex structures. The results indicate that human capital factors and women's heavier family responsibilities account for more of the sex wage gap in Japan than in Sweden. Workplace sex segregation, in contrast, accounts for more of the sex wage gap in Sweden compared to Japan. In both countries, about two thirds of the sex wage gap is attributable to sex differences in average return on the explanatory variables.

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2007. Vol. 23, no 2, 203-221 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-20755DOI: doi:DOI:10.1093/esr/jcl029OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-20755DiVA: diva2:187281
Available from: 2007-04-10 Created: 2007-04-10 Last updated: 2011-01-11Bibliographically approved

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