Convergence in the gender wage gap in Australia over the 1980s : identifying the role of counteracting forces via the Juhn, Murphy and Pierce decomposition

Kidd, Michael P. & Shannon, Michael (2001) Convergence in the gender wage gap in Australia over the 1980s : identifying the role of counteracting forces via the Juhn, Murphy and Pierce decomposition. Applied Economics, 33(7), pp. 929-936.

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Abstract

The paper utilises the Juhn Murphy and Pierce (1991) decomposition to shed light on the pattern of slow male-female wage convergance in Australia over the 1980s. The analysis allows one to distinguish between the role of wage structure and genderspecific effects. The central question addressed is whether rising wage inequality counteracted the forces of increased female investment in labour market skills, i.e. education and experience. The conclusion is that in contrast to the US and the UK, Australian women do not appear to have been swimming against a tide of adverse wage structure changes.

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ID Code: 62411
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Equal Pay, Human Capital Theory, Inequality, Labour Market, Women
DOI: 10.1080/00036840121991
ISSN: 0003-6846
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Economics & Finance
Deposited On: 11 Sep 2013 05:33
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2013 05:33

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