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The gender gap in early-career wage growth

Manning, Alan and Swaffield, Joanna (2008) The gender gap in early-career wage growth. Economic Journal, 118 (530). pp. 983-1024. ISSN 0013-0133

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1468-0297.2008.02158.x

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.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/%28...
Additional Information: © 2008 The Authors
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Sets: Departments > Economics
Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2012 16:11
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2014 09:07
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/41955

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