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Equal pay legislation and the gender wage gap

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  • Solomon W. Polachek

    (State University of New York at Binghamton, USA, and IZA, Germany)

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Despite equal pay legislation dating back 50 years, American women still earn 22% less than their male counterparts. In the UK, with its Equal Pay Act of 1970, and France, which legislated in 1972, the gap is 21% and 17% respectively, and in Australia it remains around 17%. Thus, the gender pay gap continues to be an important policy issue.

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Article provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its journal IZA World of Labor.

Volume (Year): (2014)
Issue (Month): (May)
Pages: 1–10

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Handle: RePEc:iza:izawol:journl:y:2014:p:16

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Keywords: gender; wage inequality; human capital;

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