Portal Web de la UNED Facultad de Políticas y Sociología, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia

Buscador general

Accesos directos


Trámites administrativos
Soporte técnico
Quejas y sugerencias

Profesorado y asignaturas

Directorio de Gestión

Junta de Facultad



Másteres Policiticas y Sociologia
Doctorado Politicas y Sociologia

Seminario de Investigación Permanente de la Facultad: ”Wages as a driver of high skilled migration: is there gender inequality?”

Resumen: This paper presents results from a unique experimental design to measure differentials by gender in reservation salaries to migrate, defined as the lowest wage rate at which a worker (a medical doctor in our case) would be willing to move and work abroad. Specifically, the paper presents the findings from a vignette-like experiment conducted among medical doctors currently working in the cities of Buenos Aires and Madrid.

In line with expectations based on persisting gender wage gaps, our findings show lower reservation salaries for vignettes referring to female prospective migrants to migrate in the two settings. More surprisingly though, this pattern of gender inequality was also observed among respondents, with female respondents systematically estimating lower reservation salaries, regardless of the candidate’s sex. This result suggests that gender inequalities play an important role in shaping migration aspirations and the importance of integrating a gender perspective when analysing international migration flows.