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Gender Equality and Positive Action: Evidence from UK Universities

Danula Gamage () and Almudena Sevilla ()

No 12211, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: This paper examines the impact of the Athena Scientific Women's Academic Network (SWAN) Charter on the wages and employment trajectories of female faculty. The Athena SWAN Charter is a gender equality initiative that formally recognises good practice towards the representation and career progression of women in Science, Technology, Engineer, Mathematics, and Medicine (STEMM) through an accreditation process. We find that the gender wage gap closes after Athena SWAN accreditation. However, female faculty at the non-professorial level are not more likely to being promoted to professor after accreditation, or to move to an Athena SWAN accredited university. Taken together these results suggest that the higher wage growth experienced by female non-professorial faculty after Athena SWAN accreditation is likely to come from pay rises within a particular rank.

Keywords: gender equality; positive action; gender pay gap; Athena SWAN (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I23 J16 J31 J44 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 37 pages
Date: 2019-03
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-gen, nep-hme and nep-lab
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