ERIC Number: ED275601
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jul
Reference Count: 0
The Wage Gap and Comparable Worth.
Smith, James P.
The typical working woman is thought to make 60% of a man's wage, despite increased job skills. Facts prove this perception incorrect. Lack of progress is an artifact of changing labor market characteristics associated with the rapid growth in the numbers of women in the labor market. Low skills, low wage female entrants tend to hold down the otherwise upward trend for women. Overall women now possess increased skills causing women's wages to grow 20% faster than men's wages. Instead of measuring wages of just female workers, the total female population should be measured. This shows substantial progress toward wage equity. This is due to the accumulation of labor market experience by women; a trend that will continue in the foreseeable future. Because of this optimistic projection for women, implementing comparable worth legislation is wrong. It will reduce employment and national income, and create more costly products. (APG)
Descriptors: Comparable Worth, Employed Women, Employment, Employment Experience, Employment Practices, Females, Higher Education, Salaries, Salary Wage Differentials, Sex Bias, Wages
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.
Note: Testimony given to invited members of the Senate Staff (Washington, DC, March 26, 1985).