The Persistence of Gender Earnings Inequality in Taiwan, 1978â€“1992
Yana Rodgers () and
William M. Rodgers
ILR Review, 1997, vol. 50, issue 4, 594-609
During the 1980s, Taiwan's industry and export mixes shifted toward higher-skill, technology-intensive products, and lower-skill, labor-intensive industries began moving abroad. Despite improvements in women's skills and educational attainment relative to men's, the mean gender earnings ratio between 1978 and 1992 remained at 65%. The authors analyze household survey data from Taiwan's Manpower Utilization Survey to examine why rapid structural change was not accompanied by a narrowing of the gender gap. The results strongly suggest that large losses experienced by women in unmeasured gender-specific factorsâ€”which could reflect the effects of labor market intermittency, growing gender differences in unobserved skills, or an increase in wage discrimination against womenâ€”offset their relative gains in education and experience. Further evidence provides no support for a widening gender gap in labor force commitment or in unobserved skills, suggesting that wage discrimination against female workers increased over time.
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