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The Academic Gender Earnings Gap: The Effect of Market Salaries and Imperfect Productivity Measures

Paul Carlin (), Michael P Kidd (), Patrick Rooney () and Brian Denton
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Patrick Rooney: Department of Economics, Indiana Unviersity-Purdue University Indianapolis

Working Papers from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Department of Economics

Abstract: The paper contributes to the growing literature on wage determination within academia. The data arise from a pay-equity study carried out in a single Midwestern U.S. university over the 1996-7 academic year. The focus is upon understanding differences between male-female pay, and in particular why females earn approximately 20% less than their male counterparts. Do gender differences in the balance between research, teaching and service hold the key? Econometric results suggest that objective measures of productivity and subjective peer review ratings both play a significant role in male earnings determination. Interestingly academic productivity, however measured, fails to plays a significant role in the female wage specifications.

Keywords: Gender; Earnings Gap; Productivity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J3 J7 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 44 pages
Date: 2007-12
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