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Gender Differences in the Likelihood of Low Pay in Australia


  • Siobhan Austen

    () (Curtin University of Technology)


The extent of low paid work and the particular features of its distribution are important public policy issues, especially as the growth in low paid work in recent decades has been an important contributory factor in the increasing levels of wage inequality in Australia and other industrialised countries. This paper employs a probit analysis of the Survey of Employment and Unemployment Patterns data (ABS, 1997) to identify the determinants of low paid employment in the male and female workforces in Australia. It also examines the relationships between low levels of pay and job and life satisfaction, and provides a discussion of the possible economic and social consequences of these relationships.

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  • Siobhan Austen, 2003. "Gender Differences in the Likelihood of Low Pay in Australia," Australian Journal of Labour Economics (AJLE), Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC), Curtin Business School, vol. 6(1), pages 153-176, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:ozl:journl:v:6:y:2003:i:1:p:153-176

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    1. Broadway, Barbara & Wilkins, Roger, 2017. "Probing the Effects of the Australian System of Minimum Wages on the Gender Wage Gap," IZA Discussion Papers 11191, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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    Macroeconomics; employment; unemployment; wages; wage indexation Wages; compensation; and labour costs; general;

    JEL classification:

    • E24 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Employment; Unemployment; Wages; Intergenerational Income Distribution; Aggregate Human Capital; Aggregate Labor Productivity
    • J30 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - General


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