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Vladimir Yashin
The Gender Wage-Gap Among Young People: Evidence from Russia
Economics
(Bachelor’s programme)
2016
In this research, we aim to determine when the gender wage-gap appears on the labor market in Russia. We claim that this happens right after the average childbearing age, which is 22.5 years old in Russia for the first child. In order to prove that, we control for experience, education, age, region, and settlement type that were employed in two econometric methods. The first one simply tests the significance of the coefficient on a gender dummy variable in a regression model, whereas the second method involves Oaxaca-Blinder decomposition. These methods were applied on two datasets that contain the information regarding the people that are 15–29 years of age on the labor market in Russia. The "School-to-Work Transition Survey"(2012) which was kindly provided by International Labor Organization was used as the main dataset, while the open-assess "Russian Longitudinal Monitoring Survey — NRU HSE" (round 21, 2012) — for robustness check. Each of these datasets was divided into two parts several times. The 23, 24, and 25 age-groups were used as thresholds.

The results of both methods that were based on ILO data showed substantial evidence to reject the stated hypothesis. In particular, the gender wage-gap exists among the groups of 15–23, 15–24, and 15–25 years old. Besides, the gap is widening with age. In addition to the results that were based on ILO data, the RLMS data confirmed the evidence of the existence of the gender wage-gap among young people in Russia. However the width of the gap is less than the one that was obtained with ILO data and the width of the gap is not expanding with age as it was mentioned.

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