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Patricia Cortés (Boston University)

When Time Binds: Returns to Working Long Hours and the Gender Wage Gap among the Highly Skilled

Coautora: Jessica Pan

3 Agosto 2016 - 15:30 hrs.

Sala 113, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Administrativas UC

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This paper explores the relationship between gender differences in hours worked, the returns to working long hours, and the gender pay gap among highly educated workers. Using a crosssection of occupations, Goldin (2014) documents that occupations characterized by high returns to overwork are also those with the largest gender gap in earnings. To provide a causal link between the demand for long hours and how it relates to gender wage gaps, we exploit supply side shocks -generated by intercity variation in low-skilled immigrant flows- to examine whether reductions in the cost of supplying longer hours of work allow women to close the gap in hours of work and benefit from higher wages. We find that low-skilled immigration leads to a reduction in the gender gap in overwork, as well as the gender pay gap, particularly in occupations in those cities that disproportionately reward longer hours of work.