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Attitudes and personality in the Australian gender wage gap


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Kamal, M and Blacklow, P ORCID: 0000-0002-4177-7567 2021 , Attitudes and personality in the Australian gender wage gap.

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This paper estimates the effects of gender role attitudes and personality traits on the gender
wage gap in Australia. Applying standard decomposition techniques and controlling for a wide
range of variables, the paper finds that the overall gender wage gap in our estimates on average
stood at 17.2% in 2019. Furthermore, the major portion of this wage gap remains unexplained,
which accounts for at least 72.7% of the total gender wage gap. The results establish gender
role attitudes as a key predictor of this pay gap both in the explained and unexplained part of
the wage decomposition. It also shows that the impact of personality traits depends on whether
the big five traits or the sub-traits are used in the analysis. Even some of the sub-traits belonging
to the same category can influence the gender pay gap in opposite directions. Overall, the
estimates establish the importance of psychological variables as more important than traditional
human capital and other work-related characteristics in explaining the remaining gender wage
gap in Australia.

Item Type: Report (Discussion Paper)
Authors/Creators:Kamal, M and Blacklow, P
Keywords: gender wage gap, wage decompositions, gender role attitudes, personality
Publisher: University of Tasmania
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Copyright 2021 University of Tasmania

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Discussion Paper Series N 2021-07
JEL Classification: J31, J71

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