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Intangible Capital And Wages: An Analysis Of Wage Gaps Across Occupations And Genders In Czech Republic, Finland And Norway

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This paper compares the effects of intangible capital on wage formation among white-collar manufacturing workers using comparative data from three European countries: the Czech Republic, Finland and Norway. The analysis is undertaken in two steps. First, the authors explore the wage differentials and the underlying sources for two occupation groups: innovation and non-innovation workers. In a second step, this analysis is broken down by gender. They apply a decomposition method based on unconditional quantile regression techniques to examine the factors underlying the wage gaps observed along the whole wage distribution. The use of comparative cross-country data and a more elaborated wage decomposition method provides important new insights.

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