Reference : Minimum Wages and the Gender Gap in Pay: New Evidence from the United Kingdom and Ireland
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Business & economic sciences : Social economics
Minimum Wages and the Gender Gap in Pay: New Evidence from the United Kingdom and Ireland
Bargain, Olivier [Université Bordeaux 1]
Doorley, Karina [Economic And Social Research Institute, Dublin]
Van Kerm, Philippe mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Integrative Research Unit: Social and Individual Development (INSIDE) > ; Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research - LISER]
Review of Income and Wealth
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[en] gender wage gap ; minimum wage ; distribution regression
[en] Women are disproportionately in low‐paid work compared to men so, in the absence of rationing effects on their employment, they should benefit the most from minimum wage policies. This study examines the change in the gender wage gap around the introduction of minimum wages in Ireland and the United Kingdom (U.K.). Using survey data for the two countries, we develop a decomposition of the change in the gender differences in wage distributions around the date of introduction of minimum wages. We separate out “price” effects attributed to minimum wages from “employment composition” effects. A significant reduction of the gender gap at low wages is observed after the introduction of the minimum wage in Ireland, while there is hardly any change in the U.K. Counterfactual simulations show that the difference between countries may be attributed to gender differences in non‐compliance with the minimum wage legislation in the U.K.
Fonds National de la Recherche - FnR

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