Gender wage gaps within a public sector: evidence from personnel data

Bradley, Steve, Green, Colin and Mangan, John (2014) Gender wage gaps within a public sector: evidence from personnel data. The Manchester School, 83 4: 379-397. doi:10.1111/manc.12061

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Author Bradley, Steve
Green, Colin
Mangan, John
Title Gender wage gaps within a public sector: evidence from personnel data
Journal name The Manchester School   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1463-6786
Publication date 2014-04-17
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/manc.12061
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 83
Issue 4
Start page 379
End page 397
Total pages 19
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Formatted abstract
A standard finding is that the public sector exhibits lower gender wage gaps than the private sector. This is attributed to less gender discrimination in the public sector. We show that this conclusion is flawed as the standard finding for the public sector is driven by the dominating influence of large feminized occupational groups, such as nursing and teaching, which have flat job hierarchies and low wage variance. Other occupations within the public sector exhibit sizeable wage gaps which cannot be explained by workplace or worker characteristics. This implies that gender discrimination is substantial in some public sector occupations.
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article first published online: 17 APR 2014

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