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Projecting the Trend in the Canadian Gender Wage Gap 2001-2031: Will an Increase in Female Education Acquisition and Commitment be Enough?

Michael T. Shannon and Michael P Kidd ()

Canadian Public Policy, 2001, vol. 27, issue 4, 447-467

Abstract: The paper projects the gender wage gap for 25-64 year-olds in Canada over the period 2001-2031. The empirical analysis uses the Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics together with Statistics Canada demographic projections. The methodology combines the population projections with assumptions relating to the evolution of educational attainment in order to first project the future distribution of human capital skills and, based on these projections, the future size of the gender wage gap. The projections suggest continued gender wage convergence produced by changing skills characteristics. However, a substantial pay gap will remain in 2031.

Date: 2001
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