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Trends in the Australian Gender Wage Differential over the 1980s: Some Evidence on the Effectiveness of Legislative Reform

Citation

Kidd, MP and Meng, X, Trends in the Australian Gender Wage Differential over the 1980s: Some Evidence on the Effectiveness of Legislative Reform, The Australian Economic Review, 30, (1) pp. 31-44. ISSN 0004-9018 (1997) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/1467-8462.00003

Abstract

The article examines the legislative reforms incorporating the Sex Discrimination Act and the Affirmative Action Act introduced during the 1980s. We utilise the Australian Bureau of Statistics Income Distribution Surveys 1981-82 and 1989-90 to reflect pre- and post-legislative reform. The article adopts the Brown, Moon and Zoloth (1980) methodology which treats both the wage and occupational status of the individual as endogenously determined. In the current context this is a particularly flexible framework allowing one to capture both the direct and indirect effects of the legislative reforms. The indirect effect refers to the narrowing of the gender wage gap associated with legislative manipulation of the male - female occupational distributions. The results contrast the slow convergence in the gender wage gap during the 1980s with the much faster pace of the 1970s. The article concludes that despite the focus of the 1980s legislation on employment equity, changes in the male - female occupational distribution over the period are small and the associated impact on gender wage convergence is also small.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Economics
Research Group:Applied Economics
Research Field:Labour Economics
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Microeconomics
Objective Field:Microeconomics not elsewhere classified
Author:Kidd, MP (Dr Michael Kidd)
ID Code:11601
Year Published:1997
Deposited By:Economics and Finance
Deposited On:1997-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-12
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