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Title: Gender, Salary and Promotion in the Academic Profession

Author(s): Melanie Ward-Warmedinger

Publication Date: July 2000

Keyword(s): Academic Profession, Gender Discrimination, Promotion and Salary

Programme Area(s): Labour Economics

Abstract: This paper examines the hypothesis that the gender salary gap observed in the academic labour market is predominantly explained by the differing average characteristics of male and female academics and barriers to female promotion. Preliminary analysis reveals that the crowding of women onto the lower rungs of academia is a strong determinant of their lower average salary. This effect should be transitory as young women, now entering the profession, move up its ranks. We construct a rank attainment model and investigate the current and predicted distribution of females across ranks. Significant evidence of barriers to female promotion is revealed.

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Ward-Warmedinger, M. 2000. 'Gender, Salary and Promotion in the Academic Profession'. London, Centre for Economic Policy Research.