Same Work, Different Pay? Evidence from a US Public University
Melissa Binder (),
Kate Krause (),
Jennifer Thacher and
Feminist Economics, 2010, vol. 16, issue 4, 105-135
This study examines detailed data for faculty at a typical public research university in the United States between 1995 and 2004 to explore whether gender wage differentials can be explained by productivity differences. The level of detail - including the number of courses taught, enrollment, grant dollars, and number and impact of publications - largely eliminates the problem of unmeasured productivity, and the restriction to one firm eliminates unmeasured work conditions that confound investigations of wider labor markets. The authors find that direct productivity measures reduce the gender wage penalty to about 3 percent, only 1 percentage point lower than estimates from national studies of many institutions and with fewer productivity controls. The wage structure for women faculty differs markedly from the wage structure for men. Interpreted against the institutional features of wage setting for this population, the paper concludes that penalties for women arise at the department level.
Keywords: Academic labor markets; earnings differentials; gender wage gap; racial inequality; wage determination (search for similar items in EconPapers)
References: View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (4) Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
Access to full text is restricted to subscribers.
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:taf:femeco:v:16:y:2010:i:4:p:105-135
Ordering information: This journal article can be ordered from
Access Statistics for this article
Feminist Economics is currently edited by Diana Strassmann
More articles in Feminist Economics from Taylor & Francis Journals
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Chris Longhurst ().