DP234 Women's Wages in Full- and Part-Time Jobs in Great Britain

Author(s): John F Ermisch, Robert E Wright
Publication Date: March 1988
Keyword(s): Gender Differences, Labour Supply, Part-Time Work, Selection Bias, Wages, Women
JEL(s): 824, 851, 921
Programme Areas: Human Resources
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An analysis of hourly pay that allows for the choice of whether to work full-time, part-time or not at all (using the 1980 Women in Employment Survey) finds significant sample selection bias for women in full-time jobs. Part of the observed differential between the hourly pay of full-timers and part-timers arises because of self-selection of women who can command higher pay into full-time employment. A significant part also arises because work experience and education are found to be remunerated at a lower rate in part-time than in full-time employment. Thus, the larger proportion of women than men in part-time jobs contributes to women's lower pay separately from gender differences in human capital attributes.