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Glass ceiling and double disadvantage effects: women in the US labour market

Anh Le and Paul Miller

Applied Economics, 2010, vol. 42, issue 5, 603-613

Abstract: Gender pay issues in the US labour market are examined using 1990 and 2000 US Census data for three groups: the native born, immigrants from English-speaking countries and immigrants from non-English-speaking countries. Quantile regression estimates reveal different patterns of wage effects across the wage distribution. Females have lower rates of pay across the entire wage scale. There is minimal evidence of glass ceiling effects. Immigrant women from non-English-speaking countries are argued to experience a double disadvantage effect.

Date: 2010
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