Working Paper No. 186 | March 1997

Gender Wage Differentials, Affirmative Action, and Employment Growth on the Industry Level

In their study of industry wage premia, Research Associates Judith Fields of Lehman College, City University of New York, and Edward N. Wolff of New York University find that gender wage differentials can be explained only in part by the distribution of women and men in different industries, and that other factors, such as discrimination, play a role as well. They make the case that focused antidiscrimination policy can be effective in reducing the gender gap.

Associated Program:
Judith Fields Edward N. Wolff

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