ERIC Number: EJ730399
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec
Gender-Based Wage Differentials in a Predominantly Female Profession: Observations from Nursing
Jones, Cheryl, Bland; Gates, Michael
Economics of Education Review, v23 n6 p615-631 Dec 2004
Despite numerous studies examining nursing wages, very little attention has focused on nursing wage differentials. We build on previous research by modeling nursing wages and examining male-female wage differences within the context of the current nursing shortage. Our results show that male nurses do earn a wage premium, largely explained by employment as a nurse anesthetist, job satisfaction, and experience. Whether or not this differential indicates discrimination toward females in the US nursing labor market is unclear. Since males represent a small proportion of the nursing workforce, the time required for males to become prevalent in the nursing labor market and help ease the nursing shortage is unknown. Consequently, one must ask whether the male wage premium is sufficient to attract substantial numbers of men into nursing, and whether wages, in general, are sufficient to attract the requisite numbers of males and females into nursing to address the shortage "crisis."
Descriptors: Salary Wage Differentials, Nursing, Females, Males, Job Satisfaction, Premium Pay, Labor Market, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Supply and Demand, Nontraditional Occupations, Gender Discrimination, Comparable Worth, Gender Issues, Sex Role
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