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Title:How the Human Capital Model Explains Why the Gender Wage Gap Narrowed PDF Logo
Authors:Polachek, Solomon W.
Issue Date:2004
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion paper series 1102
Abstract:This paper explores secular changes in women?s pay relative to men?s pay. It shows how the human capital model predicts a smaller gender wage gap as male-female lifetime work expectations become more similar. The model explains why relative female wages rose almost unabated from 1890 to the early-1990s in the United States (with the exception of about 1940-1980), and why this relative wage growth tapered off since 1993. In addition to the US, the paper presents evidence from nine other countries using data gleaned from the Luxembourg Income Study (LIS).
Subjects:gender
wages
human capital
secular trends
JEL:J3
J2
J7
J1
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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