Do Women Ask?

26 Pages Posted: 17 Sep 2018

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Benjamin Artz

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh - College of Business

Amanda H. Goodall

IZA Institute for the Study of Labor

Andrew J. Oswald

University of Warwick - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Date Written: October 2018

Abstract

Females typically earn less than males. The reasons are not fully understood. This paper re‐examines the idea that women “don't ask,” which potentially assigns part of the responsibility for the gender pay gap onto female behavior. Such an account cannot readily be tested with standard datasets. This paper is the first to be able to use matched employer–employee data in which workers are questioned about their asking behavior. It concludes that males and females ask equally often for promotions and raises. The paper's empirical results suggest, however, that while women do now ask they “don't get.”

Suggested Citation

Artz, Benjamin and Goodall, Amanda H. and Oswald, Andrew J., Do Women Ask? (October 2018). Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Vol. 57, Issue 4, pp. 611-636, 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3247819 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/irel.12214

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