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

27 Pages Posted: 27 Jan 2005

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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

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. We find both a gender promotions gap and a within-rank gender pay gap. A driving factor may be outside offers: men receive more outside offers than women of comparable characteristics, and gain higher pay increases in response. This may arise due to discrimination. We find that perceptions of discrimination and also outside job applications correlate with an individual receiving earnings below that expected, given their characteristics.

Suggested Citation

Blackaby, David and Booth, Alison L. and Frank, Jeff, Outside Offers and the Gender Pay Gap: Empirical Evidence from the UK Academic Labour Market. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=654831

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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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Jeff Frank

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

Royal Holloway College
Egham
Surrey, Surrey TW20 0EX
United Kingdom
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