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Gender Inequality in the Provision of Employer‐Supported Education

Paul Miller and Charles Mulvey

Australian Economic Review, 1994, vol. 27, issue 4, 35-50

Abstract: Abstract Only 27 per cent of females compared with 51 per cent of males undertaking programs of education in Australia do so with financial or other support from their employer. Using data from the How Workers Get Their Training, Australia 1989 survey, an analysis of this differential is undertaken by investigating the effects of dependent children and by controlling for differences in other characteristics between males and females. Although after controlling for these differences the absolute difference between males and females was small, 3.5 percentage points, the estimated bias in favour of males accounts for over 80 per cent of this differential; that is, less than 20 per cent of the differential can be accounted for by differences in male and female characteristics.

Date: 1994
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