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Gender Differences in Physician Pay: Tradeoffs Between Career and Family

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  • Alicia C. Sasser
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    This paper analyzes how much of the gender earnings gap among physicians is due to women’s greater family responsibilities. Women physicians earn 11 percent less for being married plus 14 percent less for having one child and 22 percent less for having more than one child. Before marrying/having children, women physicians who later became wives or mothers had higher earnings than those who remained single and childless, but sharply reduced their hours of work after marrying/having children. The results suggest that these earnings gaps do not reflect adverse selection but rather individual choices given time constraints imposed by family responsibilities.

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    Article provided by University of Wisconsin Press in its journal Journal of Human Resources.

    Volume (Year): 40 (2005)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
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    Handle: RePEc:uwp:jhriss:v:40:y:2005:i:2:p477-504

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    1. Marianne Bertrand & Claudia Goldin & Lawrence F. Katz, 2010. "Dynamics of the Gender Gap for Young Professionals in the Financial and Corporate Sectors," American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, American Economic Association, American Economic Association, vol. 2(3), pages 228-55, July.
    2. Wang, Chao & Sweetman, Arthur, 2013. "Gender, family status and physician labour supply," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 94(C), pages 17-25.
    3. Angelov, Nikolay & Johansson, Per & Lindahl, Erica, 2013. "Is the persistent gender gap in income and wages due to unequal family responsibilities?," Working Paper Series, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy 2013:3, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy.
    4. Franc, Carine & Dumontet, Magali, 2013. "Male and Female GPs incomes: A study of the determinants through quantiles regressions," Economics Papers from University Paris Dauphine, Paris Dauphine University 123456789/11717, Paris Dauphine University.
    5. Alicia Sasser Modestino, 2013. "The impact of managed care on the gender earnings gap among physicians," Working Papers, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston 13-1, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
    6. Hugh Gravelle & Arne Risa Hole & Rita Santos, 2011. "Measuring and testing for gender discrimination in physician pay: English family doctors," Discussion Papers, Department of Economics, University of York 11/05, Department of Economics, University of York.
    7. Terence C. Cheng & Pravin K. Trivedi, 2014. "Attrition Bias in Panel Data: A Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing? A Case Study Based on the MABEL Survey," Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne wp2014n14, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne.
    8. Marianne Bertrand & Claudia Goldin & Lawrence F. Katz, 2009. "Dynamics of the Gender Gap for Young Professionals in the Corporate and Financial Sectors," NBER Working Papers 14681, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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