Gender pay and occupational-attainment gaps in Costa Rica and El Salvador: A relative comparison of the late 1980s

Alberto Dávila, Jose Pagan

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Abstract

This study investigates gender occupational attainment and earnings differentials in El Salvador and Costa Rica at the end of the 1980s. During this decade, El Salvador experienced a civil war and an economic depression. Costa Rica was also mired in a recession in the early 1980s, but programs adopted in the mid-1980s led to rapid economic recovery. It is found that the gender pay gap in El Salvador is 30.4% and 23.6% in Costa Rica. The intercountry difference in the gap disappears after accounting for high gender differences in occupational attainment and hours worked in El Salvador.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)215-230
Number of pages16
JournalReview of Development Economics
Volume3
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1999

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gender
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economics
recession
gender-specific factors
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Gender pay and occupational-attainment gaps in Costa Rica and El Salvador : A relative comparison of the late 1980s. / Dávila, Alberto; Pagan, Jose.

In: Review of Development Economics, Vol. 3, No. 2, 1999, p. 215-230.

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