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The Implementation Process of Comparable Worth: Winners and Losers

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  • Mattila, J. Peter
  • Orazem, Peter

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This paper provides a unique opportunity to observe how a public policy affected the earnings of various interest groups at different stages of implementation. Specifically, we examine how the earnings of women, union members, and supervisory and professional staff were affected by various proposed and implemented comparable worth pay plans in Iowa. We find that large relative gains to women in the original proposed plans were reduced as the process evolved. As a result, some of the original gains to women were redistributed to union members, supervisors, and professionals.

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Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers with number 10842.

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Date of creation: 01 Feb 1990
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Political Economy, February 1990, vol. 98 no. 1, pp. 134-152
Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:10842

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  1. Jane Lapidus & Deborah Figart, 1998. "Remedying "Unfair Acts": U.S. Pay Equity by Race and Gender," Feminist Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 4(3), pages 7-28.
  2. Michael Baker & Nicole M. Fortin, 2000. "Does Comparable Worth Work in a Decentralized Labor Market?," CIRANO Working Papers, CIRANO 2000s-49, CIRANO.
  3. Morley Gunderson, 2002. "The Evolution and Mechanics of Pay Equity in Ontario," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 28(s1), pages 117-131, May.
  4. Rizzo, John A. & Zeckhauser, Richard J., 2007. "Pushing incomes to reference points: Why do male doctors earn more?," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 63(3), pages 514-536, July.
  5. Mark R. Killingsworth, 2002. "Comparable Worth and Pay Equity: Recent Developments in the United States," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 28(s1), pages 171-186, May.
  6. Michael Baker & Nicole Fortin, 2000. "Comparable Worth Comes to the Private Sector: The Case of Ontario," Econometric Society World Congress 2000 Contributed Papers, Econometric Society 0266, Econometric Society.

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