Pay Transparency and Gender Equality

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Jack Blundell

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)

Emma Duchini

University of Essex

Stefania Simion

University of Bristol

Arthur Turrell

Office for National Statistics

Date Written: December 12, 2022

Abstract

Since 2018, UK firms with at least 250 employees have been mandated to publicly disclose gender equality indicators. Exploiting variations in this mandate across firm size and time, we show that pay transparency closes 19 percent of the gender pay gap by reducing men’s wage growth. By combining different sources of data, we also provide suggestive evidence that the public availability of the equality indicators influences employers’ response as worse performing firms and employers potentially more exposed to public scrutiny seem to reduce their gender pay gap the most.

Keywords: pay transparency; gender equality; public disclosure

JEL Classification: J08, J16, J24

Suggested Citation

Blundell, Jack and Duchini, Emma and Simion, Stefania and Turrell, Arthur, Pay Transparency and Gender Equality (December 12, 2022). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3584259 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3584259

Jack Blundell

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) ( email )

Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

Emma Duchini (Contact Author)

University of Essex

Wivenhoe Park
Colchester, , CO4 3SQ
United Kingdom

Stefania Simion

University of Bristol ( email )

University of Bristol,
Senate House, Tyndall Avenue
Bristol, Avon BS8 ITH
United Kingdom

Arthur Turrell

Office for National Statistics ( email )

London, SW1A 2AA
United Kingdom

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