Institutt for økonomi

Early Socialization and the Gender Wage Gap

Faculty Seminar at the Department of Economics, UoB Friday 1. October 13:00 -14:00.


Demid Getik from Lund University

Title: Early Socialization and the Gender Wage Gap

Abstract: We study the impact of early socialization on gender inequality in the labor market.To this end, we link the gender environment in primary school to lateroccupations and wages. We find that women exposed to more girls in their cohort earn more, leadingto a reduction in the gender wage gap. We explore mechanisms and findthat womenexposed to a more female-dominated environment select into lessgender-stereotypicaloccupations with higher wage potential. The gender environment and thecorrespondingsocialization at an early age, therefore, shapes career trajectories andlifetime earnings.