DONDENA Seminar - Silvia Griselda

Silvia Griselda
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Academic Performance in Secondary School and the Role of Worker-Firm Sorting for Gender Earning Gaps

“Academic Performance in Secondary School and the Role of Worker-Firm Sorting for Gender Earning Gaps”

SPEAKER: Silvia Griselda (e61 Institute)


Despite considerable progress, a persistent wage gap exists between men and women, especially for higher income brackets and at later career stages. This gap is driven by men and women working for different firms, with different pay-setting policies, and age-earnings profiles. Analysing Australian-linked employer-employee data, this paper explores the firm's role in the gender lifetime earnings gap across various educational and occupational backgrounds. Extending Bonhomme, Lamadon, and Manresa (2019), we categorize age-earnings workers’ types and firm classes. Our analysis reveals three key insights. Firstly, firm premia explains over 30% of the gender earnings gap among 30-year-olds. Secondly, for university-educated high-performing individuals, the firm premia's contribution to the wage gap is even more pronounced, suggesting that the quality of the firm plays a crucial role in gender wage disparities within this group. Lastly, in female-dominated fields, firm premia have a minimal impact on the gender earnings gap, indicating that other factors are more influential in these areas.


Silvia Griselda is a Research Manager at the e61 Institute, an Adjunct Fellow at Macquarie University and an external scholar at the AXA Research Lab on Gender Equality at Bocconi University. She earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Melbourne in 2021. Her research interests are in the fields of education, labor, and human capital development, with a particular focus on gender. Her research investigates the determinants of human capital formation and the aspects that contribute to gender differences in educational and labor choices. In particular, she focuses on the determinants of female educational choices. Her main research investigates female underperformance in international assessments, in particular in Mathematics, and the policy that could help reduce the gender gap. Another strand of research focuses on female under-enrollment in STEM degrees and majors, by investigating the role of female comparative advantage in humanities disciplines to explain female lower enrolment in STEM disciplines.


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