Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/50042
Authors: 
McGuinness, Seamus
Kelly, Elish
O'Connell, Philip
Callan, Tim
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
ESRI working paper 317
Abstract: 
This paper assesses the magnitude and nature of the gender pay gap in Ireland using the National Employment Survey 2003, an employeremployee matched dataset. The results suggest that while a wage bargaining system centred around social partnership was of benefit to females irrespective of their employment status, the minimum wage mechanism appears to improve the relative position of part-time females only. Trade union membership was associated with a widening gender pay gap in the full-time labour market and a narrowing differential among part-time workers. In relation to the motivations for working part-time, which help us to account for selection into part-time employment, our results indicate that when these factors are incorporated into the part-time decomposition, the previously observed wage gap is eliminated.
Subjects: 
gender wage gap
wage bargaining regime
full-time/part-time labour markets
linked employer-employee data
Ireland
JEL: 
J31
J51
J52
J71
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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