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Comparable worth in a decentralized labour market: the case of Ontario

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  • Michael Baker
  • Nicole Fortin

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We document the application of pro-active pay equity legislation to the private sector of the Canadian province of Ontario in the early 1990s. We report substantial lapses in compliance among smaller firms where the majority of men and women work. We also find that the pay equity law had no effect on aggregate wages in female jobs or on the gender wage gap. This experience provides unique perspectives on (1) the tensions between the workings of a decentralized labour market and the principles of comparable worth and (2) the obstacles to its extension to the private sector.

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  • Michael Baker & Nicole Fortin, 2004. "Comparable worth in a decentralized labour market: the case of Ontario," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 37(4), pages 850-878, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:37:y:2004:i:4:p:850-878
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    Cited by:

    1. Fortin, Nicole M. & Bell, Brian & Böhm, Michael, 2017. "Top earnings inequality and the gender pay gap: Canada, Sweden, and the United Kingdom," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 47(C), pages 107-123.
    2. Luiza Antonie & Miana Plesca & Jennifer Teng, 2016. "Heterogeneity in the Gender Wage Gap in Canada," Working Papers 1603, University of Guelph, Department of Economics and Finance.
    3. Michael Baker & Marie Drolet, 2010. "A New View of the Male/Female Pay Gap," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 36(4), pages 429-464, December.
    4. repec:spr:empeco:v:53:y:2017:i:2:d:10.1007_s00181-016-1132-2 is not listed on IDEAS

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    • J7 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination
    • J3 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs

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