DP6618 Mentoring and Segregation: Female-Led Firms and Gender Wage Policies
|Author(s):||Ana Rute Cardoso, Rudolf Winter-Ebmer|
|Publication Date:||December 2007|
|Keyword(s):||female entrepreneurs, gender gap, matched employer-employee data, wages|
|JEL(s):||D21, J16, J31, M52|
|Programme Areas:||Labour Economics|
|Link to this Page:||cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=6618|
We explore the impact of mentoring of females and gender segregation on wages using a large longitudinal data set for Portugal. Female managers can protect and mentor female employees by paying them higher wages than male-led firms would do. We find that females can enjoy higher wages in female-led firms, the opposite being true for males. In both cases is a higher share of females reducing the wage level. These results are compatible with a theory where job promotion is an important factor of wage increases: if more females are to be mentored, less promotion slots are available for males, but also the expected chance of a female to be promoted is lower.