Does More Mean Less? The Male/Female Wage Gap and the Proportion of Females at the Establishment Level
AbstractWe examine the theoretical, empirical, and public policy implications of the proportion of females in the establishment. Arrow's model of heterogeneous employer discrimination provides predictions that are tested. Empirical results indicate support for the theory using establishment data, but a contradiction is obtained with the individual data. It is estimated that the proportion of females in the establishment accounts for 26 per cent of the gender log wage gap. Implications for employment equity are considered in the context of a new method of decomposing the log wage gap and indicate that such public policy can reduce this gap by 20 per cent.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by Canadian Economics Association in its journal Canadian Journal of Economics.
Volume (Year): 32 (1999)
Issue (Month): 4 (August)
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- Kevin T. Reilly & Tony Wirjanto, 1997. "Does More Mean Less? The Male/Female Wage Gap and the Proportion of Females at the Establishment Level," Working Papers 98001, University of Waterloo, Department of Economics, revised Sep 1997.
- Reilly, K.T. & Wirjanto, T.S., 1998. "Does More Mean Less? The Male/Female Wage Gap and the Proportion of Female at the Establishment Level," Papers 98-04, Centre for Labour Market and Social Research, Danmark-.
- 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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