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The Role of Gender in Promotion and Pay over a Career

John Addison (), Orgul Ozturk () and Si Wang

Journal of Human Capital, 2014, vol. 8, issue 3, 280 - 317

Abstract: Using data from the NLSY79, this paper considers the role of gender in promotion and promotion-related earnings development over the course of a career. The raw data suggest reasonably favorable promotion outcomes for females over a career, but any such advantages are found to be confined to less educated females. Further, the strong returns to education in later career stemming from promotion-related earnings growth accrue solely to males. While consistent with fertility timing and choice on the part of educated females, this earnings result is not inconsistent with discrimination as well, reminiscent of findings from an earlier human capital literature.

Date: 2014
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