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Do women earn higher returns to tenure than men? Evidence from the new earnings survey


  • James Coleman


This paper examines the effect of tenure on the earnings of men and women in the UK labour market. Most comparisons of male and female earnings have concentrated on examining spot differentials, which give no information on earnings movements over tenure. Simple human capital theory would suggest that the effect of tenure would be less pronounced for women, as their shorter average attachments to the labour market allow less opportunity for human capital accumulation. Contrary to this prediction, the results show a higher return to tenure for women. Several explanations are provided as to why this is the case.

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  • James Coleman, 1998. "Do women earn higher returns to tenure than men? Evidence from the new earnings survey," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 5(2), pages 65-68.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:5:y:1998:i:2:p:65-68
    DOI: 10.1080/758523505

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    1. Walsh, F. & Strobl, E., 1999. "Changes in the Gender Wage Gap and the Returns to Firm Specific Human Capital," Papers 99/7, College Dublin, Department of Political Economy-.

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