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Wrong Side of the Track? The Impact of the Minimum Wage on Gender Pay Gaps in Britain

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We study the impact of the introduction of the National Minimum Wage (NMW) in Britain on various gender wage gaps. Other things equal, if women are over-represented amongst the low paid, we might expect to see the introduction of the NMW narrowing the overall gender pay gap. Using six years of Labour Force Survey data we assess the evidence before and after the introduction of the NMW at various quantiles in the aggregate wage distribution. We go on to document how the proportion of females in various occupations affects male and female pay before and after the advent of the minimum wage. We conclude that there is only moderate evidence of any change in the rate of decline in the average gender pay gap around the period the NMW was introduced. Copyright 2002 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd

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  • Robinson, Helen, 2002. " Wrong Side of the Track? The Impact of the Minimum Wage on Gender Pay Gaps in Britain," Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Department of Economics, University of Oxford, vol. 64(5), pages 417-448, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:obuest:v:64:y:2002:i:5:p:417-48
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    3. Joanne Lindley, 2011. "The Gender Dimension of Technical Change and Task Inputs," School of Economics Discussion Papers 0111, School of Economics, University of Surrey.
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    6. Peter Prowse & Ray Fells, 2016. "The Living Wage – Policy And Practice," Industrial Relations Journal, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 47(2), pages 144-162, March.
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    8. Damian Grimshaw, 2010. "United Kingdom: Developing a Progressive Minimum Wage in a Liberal Market Economy," Chapters,in: The Minimum Wage Revisited in the Enlarged EU, chapter 14 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    9. Shi Li & Xinxin Ma, 2015. "Impact of minimum wage on gender wage gaps in urban China," IZA Journal of Labor & Development, Springer;Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit GmbH (IZA), vol. 4(1), pages 1-22, December.

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