Economic Woman

Econometrics, gender, equity and more.

The wage gap on Feministe

with 2 comments

Due to popular demand, I’ve done my best to boil the wage gap down to one post on Feministe. Check it out – I expect a lively comment thread, as always.


Written by Allison

17 July 2008 at 1:12 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. If you haven’t seen it, the QJE just published an interesting paper, which argues that the gender wage gap has fallen approximately 0% in the last 30 years. Instead, it used to be that low-potential-wage (“ability”, whatever) women used to disproportionately select into the marketplace and increasingly, now, high-potential-wage do. So while average female wages have risen relative to males, the underlying returns, given other characteristics, have changed not-at-all.

    Which has interesting corollaries that 1) the apparent change in the wage gap is, to a large degree, illusory, and 2) wage inequality among women (as among virtually every demographic group US) is growing.


    17 July 2008 at 9:05 am

  2. I haven’t seen that, but it looks fascinating. I will have a look. Thanks!


    18 July 2008 at 12:42 am

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