Economics Research Seminar | Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University

Economics Research Seminar

Gender Differences in Sorting on Wages and Risk

Abstract:  We use Brazilian matched employer-employee data to provide new evidence on gender disparities in labor market sorting on wages and workplace safety. We show that women and men sort in highly disparate, but systematic, ways on the basis of physical risk, despite sorting almost identically on financial risk. To understand what factors might explain these gender differences in sorting, we begin by ruling out the possibility that men and women receive different compensating wage differentials for risk. We find that women do earn smaller establishment wage premia than men on average, but this difference is also unlikely to explain the sorting patterns. Despite having little direct effect on wages, sorting on safety may have large indirect effects on the wage gap through its outsized influence on the segregation of women and men across establishments. This segregation results in men earning substantially higher establishment wage premia, which explains 28% of the entire gender wage gap in Brazil.

Please join the Economics Department for a research seminar.  This event is open to all Case Western Reserve University  faculty, Ph.D. students, economic majors and minors, and those interested in economics research.  Contact Teresa Kabat at or 216.368.4110 for additional information.

ID: 97604749226
Passcode: Nzf97vVb
Passcode: 57843284


Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Peter B. Lewis Building
11119 Bellflower Road
Cleveland, OH 44106-7235
United States
Speaker(s): Kurt Lavetti, The Ohio State University
Sponsored by: Economics Department
Gender Differences in Sorting of Wages and Risk


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