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More or less unequal? Evidence on the pay of men and women from the British birth cohort studies

Joshi, H; Makepeace, G; Dolton, P; (2007) More or less unequal? Evidence on the pay of men and women from the British birth cohort studies. Gender, Work and Organization , 14 (1) pp. 37-55. 10.1111/j.1468-0432.2007.00331.x. Green open access

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Abstract

Gender pay differences are not merely a problem for women returning to work and part-time employees, but also for those in full-time, continuous careers. In data from cohort studies, the gender wage gap for full-time workers in their early thirties fell between 1978 and 2000. This equalization reflects improvements in women's education and experience rather more than a move towards equal treatment. Indeed, had the typical woman full-timer in 2000 been paid at men's rates she would have actually received higher pay than the typical man. Within one cohort, passing from age 33 to 42, gender inequality increased. This was partly due to differences in the qualifications and experience of the women in employment at those points, but unequal treatment also rose among women employed full time at both ages. © 2007 The Author(s); Journal compilation © 2007 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Type: Article
Title: More or less unequal? Evidence on the pay of men and women from the British birth cohort studies
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0432.2007.00331.x
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 Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1514261
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