The male marital wage premium in Germany: selection versus specialization

Barg, K. and Beblo, M. (2007) The male marital wage premium in Germany: selection versus specialization. Schmollers Jahrbuch: Zeitschrift fuer Wirtschafts: und Sozialwissenschaften, 127(1), pp. 59-73.

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Empirical research consistently confirms a marital wage premium (MWP) for men, which is explained by selection (high earnings potentials being more attractive on the marriage market) or specialization (husbands being more productive because their wives take over household chores). We investigate the MWP in Germany using a shifting panel design for marriages between 1993 and 2003 in the German Socio-Economic Panel. Non-parametric matching of marrying men (treatment group) with single or cohabiting men (control groups) reveals that husbands' higher wages are mostly due to positive selection. There is rather weak evidence for specialization to explain the conditional MWP between married and cohabiting men.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Barg, Dr Katherin
Authors: Barg, K., and Beblo, M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Creativity Culture and Faith
Journal Name:Schmollers Jahrbuch: Zeitschrift fuer Wirtschafts: und Sozialwissenschaften
Publisher:Duncker und Humblot GmbH
ISSN (Online):1865-5742

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