First Semester Report: comparing oranges with apples?

The First Semester research findings stress how much the very strength of the project lies in the differences between the national systems involved. In this regard, one could wonder if this is a comparison between oranges and apples, quoting from an article by Robert Plasman, Salimata Sissoko on comparison between very different systems, entitled «Comparing Apples with Oranges: Revisiting the Gender Wage Gap in an International Perspective» (Discussion Paper, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), 2004,