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Men and Women’s Return to Cognitive Skills.: Evidence from PIAAC.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Do men and women receive different pay-offs, in terms of wage, from cognitive skills in the Swedish labor market? To answer this, the classical Mincer equation is expanded with a variable for cognitive skills (literacy and numeracy) and an interaction term between being a male and cognitive skills to be able to distinguish the actual difference in pay-off. I use data from OECD’s PIAAC survey of adult skills, which provides a unique opportunity to examine gender pay-off differences concerning cognitive skills. The results show that men have a larger pay-off than women once occupation is sufficiently controlled for.

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Gender wage differences, cognitive skills, PIAAC, Mincer Equation, Human Capital
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-226230OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-226230DiVA: diva2:724755
Available from: 2014-06-13 Created: 2014-06-13 Last updated: 2014-06-13Bibliographically approved

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