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Who works for whom and the UK gender pay gap

Jewell, S. ORCID:, Razzu, G. ORCID: and Singleton, C. ORCID: (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


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
Divisions: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


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