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Minimum wages and the gender gap in pay. Evidence from the UK and Ireland

Olivier Bargain (), Karina Doorley () and Philippe Van Kerm ()

No 2016-02, LISER Working Paper Series from LISER

Abstract: Since women are disproportionately in low paid work, they should benefit the most from minimum wage policies. We exploit the introduction of a national minimum wage (MW) in Ireland (in 2000) and the UK (in 1999) to check this prediction. Using panel survey data, we implement difference-in-difference estimation of a distribution regression model. We separate out "price" effects from "composition" effects. A large reduction of the gap at low wages is found for Ireland, with small spill-over effects further up in the distribution. There is hardly any effect in Britain, largely because of apparent non-compliance with the minimum wage legislation.

Keywords: gender wage gap; minimum wage; distribution regression; UK; Ireland (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C14 J16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 37 pages
Date: 2016-01
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