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Pension Benefits and Male-Female Wage Differentials


  • James E. Pesando
  • Morley Gunderson
  • John McLaren


Female members of defined benefit pension plans will receive greater pension benefits than males with identical work and earnings histories, since females have greater longevity. Yet females have higher turnover rates and lower earnings, both of which serve to reduce pension benefits relative to those received by males. The authors illustrate the net effect, on pension benefits in defined benefit plans, of gender differences in longevity, turnover, and wages. They conclude that females tend to receive lower pension benefits and, therefore, that pension benefits are more likely to exacerbate than to reduce the male-female wage gap.

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  • James E. Pesando & Morley Gunderson & John McLaren, 1991. "Pension Benefits and Male-Female Wage Differentials," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 24(3), pages 536-550, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:24:y:1991:i:3:p:536-50

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    Cited by:

    1. Janet Currie, 1993. "Gender Gaps in Benefits Coverage," NBER Working Papers 4265, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Morley Gunderson, 2003. "Age Discrimination in Employment in Canada," Contemporary Economic Policy, Western Economic Association International, vol. 21(3), pages 318-328, July.

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