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Elisabeth Bublitz and Tobias Regner
''The social pay gap among occupational twins: a task-based comparison''
( 2020, Vol. 40 No.3 )
The relevance of certain occupations for society has become evident during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the societal appreciation does not show in earnings, particularly not for care work. In light of the ongoing calls for pay raises in these occupations, our paper provides a rationale to identify differences in job content and pay between social and other occupations. We propose a data-driven approach that compares all jobs based on their tasks content. Accordingly, 13 % of all occupations are highly comparable and, within this group, the wage penalty of social occupations (e.g., health care, education) corresponds to up to around €500 lower earnings per month.
Keywords: Inequality, tasks data, redistribution, social returns
JEL: D2 - Production and Organizations: General
J3 - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs: General
Manuscript Received : Jun 26 2020 Manuscript Accepted : Sep 24 2020

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