Does Equal Pay Legislation Reduce Labour Market Inequality?
AbstractThis paper considers a labour market model of monopsonistic competition with taste-based discrimination against minority workers to study the effect of equal pay legislation on labour market inequality. When the taste for discrimination is small or competition is weak, the policy removes job segregation and the wage gap completely. However, with a bigger taste for discrimination or stronger competition, equal pay legislation leads to more job segregation, and sometimes minority workers end up earning less than before. Profits of discriminating firms might increase, and discrimination can persist in the long run, although it would have disappeared without the policy. Copyright � The editors of the "Scandinavian Journal of Economics" 2009 .
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Volume (Year): 111 (2009)
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- Kaas, Leo, 2006. "Does Equal Pay Legislation Reduce Labour Market Inequality?," IZA Discussion Papers 2421, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
- D43 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure and Pricing - - - Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection
- J71 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Hiring and Firing
- J78 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Public Policy (including comparable worth)
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