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The Gender Gap in Pensions and Wages

William E. Even and David A. Macpherson
The Review of Economics and Statistics
Vol. 72, No. 2 (May, 1990), pp. 259-265
Published by: The MIT Press
DOI: 10.2307/2109715
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2109715
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Abstract

This study provides rationale for the underrepresentation of women in the pension sector, and examines the consequences for the gender wage gap. For a given set of observed characteristics, a woman is 11%-19% less likely than a man to have a pension. Of the unexplained portion of the gender wage gap, 10%-38% is due to unexplained differences in pension coverage. Finally, consistent with a screening effect of pensions, women are paid more equally in the pension sector.

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