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Keywords:

  • Segregation;
  • discrimination;
  • Oaxaca-Blinder;
  • EWCS
  • J16;
  • J22;
  • J24

Abstract

Gender segregation in Spain has one of the highest levels among European countries. The aim of this paper is to determine to what extent the patterns of occupational segregation observed in Spain are based on discrimination. Analyses, based on the Oaxaca-Blinder decomposition technique and hypothetical populations are performed using data from Spanish Working Condition Survey (SWCS), show that labour segregation in Spain against women is supported on the confinement of women in female occupations rather their expulsion from male ones.