That Pesky Problem of Persistent Gender Bias

5 Pages Posted: 3 Jun 2012

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Deborah A. Cobb-Clark

School of Economics, University of Sydney; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: June 2012

Abstract

This article provides a brief overview of the way that economists think about and measure gender pay gaps and labour market discrimination. Recent Australian evidence is then presented which highlights the relationship between the gender pay gap and both statistical and self‐assessed discrimination measures. Finally, the policy implications of these relationships are considered. In particular, it is argued that public policy needs to be targeted towards addressing the issue of gender bias more broadly, rather than focusing narrowly on the issue of gender pay gaps alone. This includes addressing the issue of sexual harassment.

Suggested Citation

Cobb-Clark, Deborah A., That Pesky Problem of Persistent Gender Bias (June 2012). Australian Economic Review, Vol. 45, Issue 2, pp. 211-215, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2073089 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8462.2012.00681.x

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