Outside Offers and the Gender Pay Gap: Empirical Evidence from the UK

43 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2002  

David Blackaby

University of Wales, Swansea

Alison L. Booth

Australian National University (ANU) - Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Jeff Frank

University of London, Royal Holloway College - Department of Economics

Date Written: September 2002

Abstract

Using a unique data source on academic economist labour market experiences, we explore gender, pay and promotions. In addition to earnings and productivity measures, we have information on outside offers and perceptions of discrimination. In contrast to the existing literature, we find both a gender promotions gap and a within-rank gender pay gap. A driving factor may be the role of outside offers: men receive more outside offers than women of comparable characteristics, and gain higher pay increases in response to outside offers. This may arise due to discrimination, and we find that perceptions of discrimination and also outside job applications correlate with an individual receiving earnings below that expected, given their characteristics.

Keywords: Gender, promotions, earnings, discrimination

JEL Classification: J16, J33, J71

Suggested Citation

Blackaby, David and Booth, Alison L. and Frank, Jeff, Outside Offers and the Gender Pay Gap: Empirical Evidence from the UK (September 2002). CEPR Discussion Paper No. 3549. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=342822

David Blackaby (Contact Author)

University of Wales, Swansea ( email )

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Alison L. Booth

Australian National University (ANU) - Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS) ( email )

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Australia
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Jeff Frank

University of London, Royal Holloway College - Department of Economics ( email )

Royal Holloway College
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Surrey, Surrey TW20 0EX
United Kingdom
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