November 2006

IZA DP No. 2427: Revisiting Inter-Industry Wage Differentials and the Gender Wage Gap: An Identification Problem

see DP9381 for extended and revised version published in: Pacific Economic Review, 2015, 20(4), 569-587

We propose a measure of the industrial gender wage gap which is free from an identification problem by using inter-industry wage differentials, or industrial wage premia. We draw on a recent literature showing that a normalized regression equation can be used to resolve the identification problem in detailed Oaxaca decompositions of wage differentials. By identifying the constant and the coefficients of dummy variables, including the reference category, the normalized equation can resolve the two key identification problems that arise in studying wage gaps: one in detailed Oaxaca decompositions; the other measuring industrial gender wage gaps.