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The gender earnings gap for physicians and its increase over time


  • Esteves-Sorenson, Constança
  • Snyder, Jason


Male physicians outearn women by 13% at the outset of their careers and by 28% eight years later. Conflicting evidence on the existence of a wage gap in medicine stems from the earnings measure used: hourly earnings versus yearly earnings controlling for hours worked.

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  • Esteves-Sorenson, Constança & Snyder, Jason, 2012. "The gender earnings gap for physicians and its increase over time," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 116(1), pages 37-41.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:116:y:2012:i:1:p:37-41 DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2011.12.133

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    1. David J . Bashaw & John S . Heywood, 2001. "The Gender Earnings Gap for US Physicians: Has Equality been Achieved?," LABOUR, CEIS, vol. 15(3), pages 371-391, September.
    2. Kennedy, Peter E, 1981. "Estimation with Correctly Interpreted Dummy Variables in Semilogarithmic Equations [The Interpretation of Dummy Variables in Semilogarithmic Equations]," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 71(4), pages 801-801, September.
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    1. Stefanie Schurer & Daniel Kuehnle & Anthony Scott & Terence C. Cheng, 2016. "A Man's Blessing or a Woman's Curse? The Family Earnings Gap of Doctors," Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 55(3), pages 385-414, July.
    2. M. Keith Chen & Judith A. Chevalier, 2012. "Are Women Overinvesting in Education? Evidence from the Medical Profession," Journal of Human Capital, University of Chicago Press, vol. 6(2), pages 124-149.

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    Gender; Wage disparity; Wage measurement; Sample composition; Medicine;

    JEL classification:

    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • J44 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Professional Labor Markets and Occupations
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity


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