The Gender Pay Gap in the Public Sector: Evidence from the Canadian Labour Force Survey

41 Pages Posted: 9 Nov 2019 Last revised: 28 Oct 2021

Date Written: October 27, 2021

Abstract

Using the merged Labour Force Survey for the months of March and September from 2006 through
2018, a variety of techniques are employed to address the pay gap for males and females between four definitions of the public sector and the private sector, as well as the gender pay gap within each of these five sectors. It is found that females tend to have higher public sector wage premiums than their male counterparts when comparing within each gender. The gender wage gap within each sector is positive and favours males, most notably in the private sector. Estimates of any wage premiums at the mean cloud differences along the wage distribution.

Keywords: Canada, Male-Female, Private Sector, Public Sector, Wage Differentials

JEL Classification: J31, J45, J48

Suggested Citation

Mueller, Richard E., The Gender Pay Gap in the Public Sector: Evidence from the Canadian Labour Force Survey (October 27, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3477612 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3477612

Richard E. Mueller (Contact Author)

University of Lethbridge ( email )

Department of Economics
4401 University Drive
Lethbridge, A.B. T1K 3M4
Canada

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