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Job Tasks and the Gender Wage Gap among College Graduates

Todd R. Stinebrickner, Ralph Stinebrickner, Paul J. Sullivan

NBER Working Paper No. 24790
Issued in July 2018
NBER Program(s):Labor Studies

Gender differences in current and past job tasks may be crucial for understanding the gender wage gap. We use novel task data to address well-known measurement concerns, including that standard task measures assume away within-occupation gender differences in tasks. We find that unique measures of task-specific experience, in particular high-skilled information experience, are of particular importance for understanding the substantial widening of the wage gap early in the career. Highlighting the importance of these measures, traditional work-related proxies for gender differences in human capital accumulation are not informative because general work experience is similar by gender for our recent graduates.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w24790

 
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