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Swimming Upstream: Trends in the Gender Wage Differential in 1980s

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  • Blau, Francine D
  • Kahn, Lawrence M

Using Michigan Panel Study of Income Dynamics data for 1979 and 1988, the authors analyze how a falling gender wage gap occurred despite changes in wage structure unfavorable to low-wage workers. The decrease is traced to 'gender-specific' factors which more than counterbalanced changes in measured and unmeasured prices working against women. Supply shifts net of demand were unfavorable for women generally and hurt high-skilled more than middle- and low-skilled women. By analyzing wages, the authors find support for the notion of a gender twist in supply and demand having its largest negative effect on high-skilled women. Copyright 1997 by University of Chicago Press.

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Volume (Year): 15 (1997)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 1-42

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