Gender Differences in Promotions and Wages

Authors

  • JONI HERSCH,

  • W. KIP VISCUSI

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    • *The authors' affiliations are, respectively, Department of Economics and Finance, University of Wyoming, and Harvard Law School, Harvard University. Hersch's work on this article was funded by NSF Grant #HRD-9250117.


Abstract

Results using an original data set indicate women receive more promotions than men. The frequency of promotions is linked to whether the woman had previously quit a job because of her husband's job move. Promotions significantly increase wages for men but not for women. These findings are consistent with the hypothesis that joint job search constrains women to starting jobs at lower levels, providing more scope for promotions.

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