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The Role of Gender and Sector in Promotion and Pay Over a Career

Addison, J.; Ozturk, O.; Wang, S.


O. Ozturk

S. Wang


Using data from the NLSY79, this paper considers the role of gender in promotion and promotion-related earnings development over the course of a career. The raw data suggest reasonably favorable promotion outcomes for females over a career, but any such advantages are found to be confined to less educated females. Further, the strong returns to education in later career stemming from promotion-related earnings growth accrue solely to males. While consistent with fertility timing and choice on the part of educated females, this earnings result is not inconsistent with discrimination as well, reminiscent of findings from an earlier human capital literature.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Sep 1, 2014
Deposit Date Nov 28, 2014
Journal Journal of Human Capital
Print ISSN 1932-8575
Electronic ISSN 1932-8664
Publisher The University of Chicago Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 8
Issue 3
Pages 280-317
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