Long-Term Trends in the Gender Income Gap within Couples: West Germany, 1978–2011

Coupled women typically have lower earnings than their male partners. This gender income gap within couples has declined over time, but we lack information about the drivers behind the decline. Here, we analyze the role of increased participation in …

Quantile Regression Estimands and Models: Revisiting the Motherhood Wage Penalty Debate

This paper discusses the crucial but sometimes neglected differences between unconditional quantile regression (UQR) models and quantile treatment effects (QTE) models. We argue that there is a frequent mismatch between the aim of the quantile …

The fundamental role of tax systems in the relationship between workfare and inequality in the lower half of the income distribution

In recent decades, many affluent democracies moved from traditional welfare states to workfare systems. Meanwhile, income inequality developed differently across countries, even when they made apparently similar shifts from welfare to workfare. It is …

Payroll exempt labor incomes increase inequality at the top

In recent decades, the inequality of household income has increased globally. A common trend is increased income inequality at the top of the distribution. The sources of this trend are a matter of debate. Increased demand for analytical and …

Occupations and Inequality: Theoretical Perspectives and Mechanisms

We discuss recent theoretical approaches toward mechanisms connecting occupations and social inequality

Occupations and Social Inequality: Introduction and Contents of the Special Issue

We introduce the main topics and debates of the special issue *Occupations and social inequality*.

Is Occupational Licensing More Beneficial for Women than for Men? The Case of Germany, 1993/2015

We study the relation of occupational licensing and gender in Germany and its implication for gender-specific wage inequality.

The Long Road to Economic Independence of German Women, 1973 to 2011

I provide a visualization of changes in the distribution of women’s income contributions in Germany from 1973 to 2011.

Wohlstand für alle? Die Entwicklung einkommensschwacher Haushalte seit 2005

Inequality of household incomes did not increase on aggregate since 2005 in Germany. We show that this is due to overlaying positive and negative trends.

Economic consequences of occupational deregulation: Natural experiment in the German crafts

We study the consequences of self-employment deregulation of German crafts on wages.