TITLE

THE INFLUENCE OF THE STATUS AND SEX COMPOSITION OF OCCUPATIONS ON THE MALE-FEMALE EARNINGS GAP

AUTHOR(S)
Gunderson, Morley
PUB. DATE
January 1978
SOURCE
ILR Review;Jan78, Vol. 31 Issue 2, p217
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article focuses on the influence of the status and sex composition of occupations on the male-female earnings gap. Although there is considerable empirical evidence on the earnings gap between males and females, there appears to be no consensus on the relationship between this gap and either the status or the sex composition of occupations. Effective enforcement of equal pay legislation requires that officials know where the pay gaps between sexes are largest. In addition, it is instructive to know earnings that women can expect relative to men if they gain entry into higher status occupations or into occupations that are predominantly male. The empirical literature on male-female earnings differentials generally indicates no significant relationship between the male-female wage differential and the average income of the occupation. On the relationship between male-female earnings differentials and the sex composition of the occupation, the empirical literature suggests either no significant relationship or one in which earnings gap is smallest in mixed occupations.
ACCESSION #
4455380

 

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