The Gender Gap in Early-Career Wage Growth

42 Pages Posted: 18 Jun 2008

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Alan Manning

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)

Joanna K. Swaffield

University of York - Department of Economics and Related Studies

Date Written: 0000

Abstract

In the UK the gender pay gap on entry to the labour market is approximately zero but ten years after labour market entry, there is a gender wage gap of almost 25 log points. This article explores the reason for this gender gap in early-career wage growth, considering three main hypotheses human capital, job-shopping and psychological theories. Human capital factors can explain about 11 log points, job-shopping about 1.5 log points and the psychological theories up to 4.5 log points depending on the specification. But a substantial unexplained gap remains: women who have continuous full-time employment, have had no children and express no desire to have them earn about 8 log points less than equivalent men after 10years in the labour market.

Suggested Citation

Manning, Alan and Swaffield, Joanna K., The Gender Gap in Early-Career Wage Growth (0000). The Economic Journal, Vol. 118, Issue 530, pp. 983-1024, July 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1147264 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0297.2008.02158.x

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