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The gender gap in early-career wage growth

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Publication date

2008

Abstract

In the UK the gender pay gap on entry to the labour market is approximately zero but ten years after labour market entry, there is a gender wage gap of almost 25 log points. This article explores the reason for this gender gap in early-career wage growth, considering three main hypotheses - human capital, job-shopping and ‘psychological’ theories. Human capital factors can explain about 11 log points, job-shopping about 1.5 log points and the psychological theories up to 4.5 log points depending on the specification. But a substantial unexplained gap remains: women who have continuous full-time employment, have had no children and express no desire to have them earn about 8 log points less than equivalent men after 10 years in the labour market.

Published in

Economic Journal

Volume

118 (530):983-1024

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0297.2008.02158.x

Subjects

Human Capital, Labour Market, and Wages And Earnings

Links

http://serlib0.essex.ac.uk/record=b1597352

Notes

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