Rudolf Winter-Ebmer: Mandatory Wage Posting, Bargaining and the Gender Wage Gap (Online)

FBK-IRVAPP is pleased to invite you to the following seminar: Mandatory Wage Posting, Bargaining and the Gender Wage Gap.


With the participation of Rudolf Winter-Ebmer, Johannes Kepler University of Linz and Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS).


The seminar is held in English.


In this paper, we explore whether providing a minimum wage offer in vacancy postings can increase women’s bargaining power and, thus, reduce the gender wage gap. Transparency and bargaining currently are the most discussed issues with regards to gender wage differences. We exploit exogenous variation in wage posting created by an Austrian equal treatment reform to identify the effect of wage information on the gender wage gap. We implement a Quantile Difference-in-Difference model to identify the differential impact of this reform. Firstly, we find that the reform leads to a small overall reduction of the gender wage gap. Our main results suggest that reduction in the wage gap are larger in circumstances where bargaining is possible or where the bargaining power of firms is weaker. Finally, we find that these gender-gap-reducing effects are due to women earning more, in particular at the lower end of the wage distribution, whereas men’s wages remain largely constant. These results lend support to policy proposals increasing the bargaining position of lower-paid women.


Guest Speakers

  • Guest Speaker
    Rudolf Winter-Ebmer is Professor for labor economics at the Johannes Kepler University of Linz, Austria and Research Professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS) in Vienna. His research interest is applied labor economics, in particular issues of immigration, ageing, wage determination, unemployment, discrimination and education economics as well as industrial organisation. Since 2002 he is the Austrian country team leader for the “Survey on Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe” (SHARE). Since 2014, he is Co-Leader of the Christian-Doppler Laboratory “Ageing, Health, and the Labor Market” at the University of Linz. 2020-2022 President of the Austrian Economic Association (NOeG).


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Registration closed on 19/01/2023.

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