Predicting the Effects of Comparable Worth Programs on Female Labor Supply

Journal of Social Issues, Vol. 45 (4), 1989

University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper No. 2013-268

Posted: 28 May 2013 Last revised: 30 May 2013

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Alice Orcutt Nakamura

University of Alberta - School of Business

Masao Nakamura

University of British Columbia (UBC) - Sauder School of Business

Date Written: August 11, 1988

Abstract

Economists have devoted considerable effort to analyzing wage effects on labor supply behavior. This research has broad policy implications since many government tax and transfer programs alter the wage rates that workers receive, or alter their perception of the value of the wages received. Comparable worth programs are explicitly intended to alter the wage rates of working women. Accepted theories in labor economics of how the female labor supply is affected by the wage offers that women receive are surveyed in this paper, and the implications concerning expected effects of comparable worth wage adjustments on female labor supply are summarized. Then available empirical evidence bearing on the theory of female labor supply is examined, and the stated implications for comparable worth programs are qualified.

Suggested Citation

Nakamura, Alice Orcutt and Nakamura, Masao, Predicting the Effects of Comparable Worth Programs on Female Labor Supply (August 11, 1988). Journal of Social Issues, Vol. 45 (4), 1989, University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper No. 2013-268, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2270749

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