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Promotions and Earnings – Gender or Merit? Evidence from Longitudinal Personnel Data

Juho Jokinen () and Jaakko Pehkonen ()
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Juho Jokinen: University of Jyväskylä
Jaakko Pehkonen: University of Jyväskylä

Journal of Labor Research, 2017, vol. 38, issue 3, 306-334

Abstract: Abstract This study examines the determinants of promotions, performance evaluations and earnings using unique longitudinal data from the personnel records of a large university. The study focuses on the role of gender in remuneration using, first, information on the complexity ratings of job tasks to define promotions on job ladders and, second, information on objective individual productivity. The study finds that individual research productivity was an important determinant of promotions and earnings. The results indicate that gender has no effect on the probability of being promoted, conditional on productivity, nor does it play a role in the performance evaluation of employees. Furthermore, the results suggest that contemporaneous productivity measures provide a usable proxy for the past productivity of a worker.

Keywords: Promotions; Gender pay gap; Individual productivity; Performance evaluation; Job complexity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J16 J24 J31 M51 M52 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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