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Equal pay legislation and the gender wage gap

Solomon Polachek

IZA World of Labor, 2014, No 16, 16

Abstract: Despite equal pay legislation dating back 50 years, American women still earn 22% less than their male counterparts. In the UK, with its Equal Pay Act of 1970, and France, which legislated in 1972, the gap is 21% and 17% respectively, and in Australia it remains around 17%. Thus, the gender pay gap continues to be an important policy issue.

Keywords: gender; wage inequality; human capital (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J1 J12 J13 J16 J17 J7 J71 J78 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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