Campus Units

Economics

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

1989

Journal or Book Title

Pay Equity: Empirical Inquiries

Editors

Robert T. Michael, Heidi I. Hartmann and Brigid O'Farrell

Publisher

National Academy Press

Place of Publication

Washington, D.C.

First Page or Article ID Number

179

Last Page

199

Abstract

Comparable worth pay plans have been implemented in several states since the early 1980s. To our knowledge, however, no study exists of the actual impact of such plans on the pay structure of state government. We examine the case of comparable worth in Iowa, both as proposed in 1984 and as actually implemented (in compromise form) in 1985. In particular, we identify the relative winners and losers from comparable worth by analyzing the impact on earnings for men, women, minorities, unionized employees, and particular occupational groups, such as supervisors and professionals. In addition, we are able to determine whether the relationships between the state pay structure and such variables as market wages, educational attainment, and work experience are altered by the plans.

Comments

Reprinted with permission from Pay Equity: Empirical Inquiries (1989): 179, by the National Academies Press, Washington, D.C. https://www.nap.edu/catalog/1204/pay-equity-empirical-inquiries.

Copyright Owner

National Academy of Sciences

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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