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Who works for whom and the UK gender pay gap

Jewell, S., Razzu, G. and Singleton, C. (2020) Who works for whom and the UK gender pay gap. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 58 (1). pp. 50-81. ISSN 0007-1080

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1111/bjir.12497

Abstract/Summary

This study reports novel facts about the UK gender pay gap. We use a representative, longitudinal and linked employer-employee dataset for 2002-16. Men's average log hourly wage was 22 points higher than women's in this period. We find 16% of this raw pay gap is accounted for by estimated firm-specific wage effects. This is almost three times the amount explained by gender occupation differences. When we decompose a preadjusted measure of the pay gap, we find less than 1 percentage point or a 6% share is accounted for by the gender allocation across high and low wage firms. In other words, only a small share of what is traditionally referred to as the `unexplained' part of the pay gap is explained by the differences between men and women in whom they work for.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Politics, Economics and International Relations > Economics
ID Code:86079
Uncontrolled Keywords:gender wage gap, firm-specific wages, occupation premiums
Publisher:Wiley

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