ERIC Number: ED317831
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
The Economics of Comparable Worth.
Killingsworth, Mark R.
This document concludes that the basic difficulty with comparable worth is that it is an ill-conceived solution to a serious problem and that alternative policies, such as equal employment opportunity legislation or application of antitrust laws, provide means of addressing employment discrimination that are both more effective and less likely to entail adverse side effects. Chapter 1 introduces the concept of comparable worth and describes the rest of the document. Chapter 2 discusses definitions, concepts, and analytical issues: the basic premises underlying comparable worth and practical details of implementing it, the nature of labor market discrimination and the question of whether equal pay for jobs of comparable worth is nondiscriminatory, and analysis of how adoption of comparable worth might affect wages and employment of men and women. Chapter 3 deals with empirical questions: conventional economic and comparable worth studies of the actual magnitude of the female/male pay gap, and methodologies for analyzing the actual effects on wages and employment where comparable worth policies have been adopted. Chapter 4 describes comparable worth policies in Minnesota state government employment. Chapter 5 describes comparable worth in San Jose, California, municipal government employment. Chapter 6 describes comparable worth in Australia. Chapter 7 provides a summary and conclusions. The document includes a 14-page reference list, 46 tables, 6 figures, and an index. (CML)
Descriptors: Comparable Worth, Employed Women, Employment Practices, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Government Employees, Personnel Policy, Salary Wage Differentials, Scope of Bargaining
W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 300 South Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49007 (paperback, $13.95, ISBN 0-88099-085-6; hard cover, $22.95, ISBN 0-88099-086-4).
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Upjohn (W.E.) Inst. for Employment Research, Kalamazoo, MI.
Identifiers - Location: Australia; California (San Jose); Minnesota