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Attitudes towards Economic Risk and the Gender Pay Gap

  • Le, Anh T.

    ()

    (Curtin University)

  • Miller, Paul W.

    (Curtin University)

  • Slutske, Wendy S.

    ()

    (University of Missouri-Columbia)

  • Martin, Nicholas G.

    ()

    (Queensland Institute of Medical Research)

This paper examines the links between gender differences in attitudes towards economic risk and the gender pay gap. Consistent with the literature on the socio-economic determinants of attitudes towards economic risk, it shows that females are much more risk averse than males. It then extends this research to show that workers with more favorable attitudes towards risk are associated with higher earnings, and that gender differences in attitudes towards economic risk can account for a small, though important, part of the standardized gender pay gap.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2010
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Publication status: published in: Labour Economics, 2011, 18 (4), 555-561
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp5393
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