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Are Women Doing It For Themselves? Female Managers and the Gender Wage Gap

Bryson, A; Forth, J; Theodoropoulos, N; (2020) Are Women Doing It For Themselves? Female Managers and the Gender Wage Gap. Presented at: Paris School of Economics Labour and Public Economics Seminar, Paris, France. Green open access

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Abstract

Using matched employer-employee data for Britain, we provide an array of estimates to indicate that the share of female managers in the workplace has a causal impact in reducing the gender wage gap. The gap is no longer statistically significant when around 90 percent of workplace managers are women, a scenario that obtains in around one in ten workplaces. The role of female managers in closing the gender wage gap is more pronounced when employees are paid for performance, consistent with the proposition that women are more likely to be paid equitably when managers have discretion in the way they reward performance and those managers are women. These findings suggest a stronger presence of women in managerial positions can help tackle the gender wage gap.

Type: Conference item (Presentation)
Title: Are Women Doing It For Themselves? Female Managers and the Gender Wage Gap
Event: Paris School of Economics Labour and Public Economics Seminar
Location: Paris, France
Dates: 23 April 2020
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.parisschoolofeconomics.eu/en/research/...
Language: English
Keywords: gender wage gap, female managers, performance pay
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10095842
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