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Gender and Racial Discrimination in Pay and Promotion for NHS Nurses

  • Pudney, Stephen

    ()

    (ISER, University of Essex)

  • Shields, Michael A.

    ()

    (Monash University)

For many years the NHS has been subject to allegations that gender and racial discrimination are a feature of the internal labour market for qualified nurses. This paper examines this issue with regard to the promotion process using 1994 survey data. We start by rejecting the assumption of covariate exogeneity inherent in the ordered probit model. A full simultaneous model is then developed which has important consequences for estimates of the influence of gender, ethnicity, training and career interruptions. We find evidence of significant differences in speed of promotion between gender and ethnic groups, which imply large differences in career earnings.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 85.

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Length: 48 pages
Date of creation: Dec 1999
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Publication status: published in: Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 2000, 62 (s1), 801-835
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp85
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