Preference for the workplace, investment in human capital, and gender

Matthew Wiswall, Basit Zafar

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Abstract

We use a hypothetical choice methodology to estimate preferences for workplace attributes from a sample of high-ability undergraduates attending a highly selective university.We estimate that women on average have a higher willingness to pay (WTP) for jobs with greater work flexibility and job stability, and men have a higher WTP for jobs with higher earnings growth. These job preferences relate to college major choices and to actual job choices reported in a follow-up survey four years after graduation. The gender differences in preferences explain at least a quarter of the early career gender wage gap.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)457-507
Number of pages51
JournalQuarterly Journal of Economics
Volume133
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2018

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Work place
Human capital
Willingness-to-pay
Graduation
Job choice
Gender wage gap
Gender differences
Earnings growth
Undergraduate
Methodology
College major

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  • Economics and Econometrics

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Preference for the workplace, investment in human capital, and gender. / Wiswall, Matthew; Zafar, Basit.

In: Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol. 133, No. 1, 01.02.2018, p. 457-507.

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