Sex discrimination in the labour market : the case for comparable worth /
Richard Perlman and Maureen Pike.
Manchester [England] ; New York : Manchester University Press : Distributed exclusively in the USA and Canada by St. Martin's Press, c1994.
viii, 170 p. : ill.
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Manchester [England] ; New York : Manchester University Press : Distributed exclusively in the USA and Canada by St. Martin's Press, c1994.
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Appeared in Choice on 1995-01:
Written by an American and a British academic economist, this book examines the causes of male/female wage disparity by starting from the effects of societal gender discrimination. Perlman and Pike conclude that the supply-side effects of societal conditioning of females prior to their entry into the labor market, which results in occupational crowding and therefore lower wages for women, are more important than the demand-side effects of discrimination in the labor market. There is an interesting comparison of the possible effects of affirmative action and comparable worth on reducing the male-female wage gap. The authors review the available empirical studies of implementing comparable worth policies in Australia, the UK, and the US. They conclude that the long-term effect of adopting comparable worth policies would be to reduce the male/female wage gap. Extensive references to both American and British sources. Although too technical for general audiences, this book is a valuable reference for researchers interested in sex discrimination and its effects on the labor market. Graduate; faculty; professional. E. P. Hoffman; Western Michigan University
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Table of Contents
List of tables and figures
Introductionp. 1
Labour market discriminationp. 12
Pre-labour market discriminationp. 34
Does Comparable Worth distort the labour market?p. 63
Empirical evidence of employment effects of Comparable Worthp. 87
Can Comparable Worth do much?p. 123
Comparable Worth and the gender wage gapp. 146
Indexp. 167
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