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Occupational Access and Wage Discrimination

DOLTON, Peter J & Kidd, Michael P. (1994) Occupational Access and Wage Discrimination. Oxford Bulletin of Economics & Statistics, 56(4), pp. 457-474.

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Abstract

This article presents a study on the quantification of the level of occupational access and wage discrimination in Great Britain. The traditional approach to quantifying the level of sex discrimination is to distinguish gender differences in productive characteristics from the unequal treatment of characteristics according to gender. The role of inter- versus intra-occupational effects in determining the magnitude of wage differences between men and women was examined. The econometric results provided estimates of the wage differential in six broad occupational classifications together with an aggregate picture of how important the occupational distribution of females is in explaining their lower average wage. In summary, the results of the study suggest that the vast majority of the male and female wage differential arises from intra-occupation effects. The results provide evidence to suggest that occupational segregation is not a major contributor to the observed male/female wage differential.

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ID Code: 53876
Item Type: Journal Article
DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0084.1994.tb00020.x
ISSN: 0305-9049
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Economics & Finance
Deposited On: 28 Sep 2012 15:12
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2012 15:12

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