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Pay Equity: Empirical Inquiries
Robert T. Michael, Heidi I. Hartmann and Brigid O'Farrell
National Academy Press
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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.
National Academy of Sciences
Orazem, Peter F. and Mattila, J. Peter, "Comparable Worth and the Structure of Earnings: The Iowa Case" (1989). Economics Publications. 410.