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Title: Reducing gender wage inequality increases economic prosperity for all: Insights from Australia
Contributor(s): Kennedy, Tom (author); Rae, Maria (author); Sheridan, Alison J  (author)orcid ; Valadkhani, Abbas  (author)
Publication Date: 2017
DOI: 10.1016/j.eap.2017.04.003
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Abstract: This paper extends the debate about redressing persistent gender inequality in Australia by examining the relationship between labour productivity and the wage gap in all states and territories (1986-2013). It is a critical case study as Australia's widening gender wage gap is contrary to other developed nations. Using four different estimation methods, we find that reducing the gap by 10% can boost per capita output up to 3%. To check the robustness of our findings, we also control for the effects of both physical and human capital. Our results suggest there exists a strong business case for eliminating the gender wage gap. Given the tangible benefits to both equity and efficiency, such a goal should be of paramount importance for policy makers.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Economic Analysis and Policy, v.55, p. 14-24
Publisher: Elsevier Australia
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 0313-5926
Field of Research (FOR): 140202 Economic Development and Growth
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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