Should I Stay or Should I Go? Gender Gaps in the Lateral Market for SEC Lawyers
52 Pages Posted: 8 Jul 2015 Last revised: 12 Dec 2017
Date Written: December 11, 2017
This article examines the gender gap in the lateral market for government lawyers. Using data on lawyers from the Enforcement Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), from 2004 to 2016, we find the following: First, gender gaps in pay and promotion appear to be minimal. Second, and confounding the first finding, we find significant gaps in assignments, with men receiving the more challenging and career-enhancing projects. Third, men are more likely than women to move laterally; and when they do, are more likely than the women to move to lucrative private sector jobs.
Keywords: SEC Enforcement; lawyers; gender
JEL Classification: J44, K22
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