State University of New York at Binghamton, USA, and IZA, Germany
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Distinguished Professor, State University of New York at Binghamton, USA
Labor economics (including human capital theories of income distribution and public policy implications), international relations, applied econometrics, health economics
PhD, Columbia University, USA 1973
The Economics of Earnings. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1993 (with W. Stanley Siebert).
Earnings Over the Lifecycle: The Mincer Earnings Function and its Applications. Boston, MA: NOW Publishing Company, 2008.
Despite major efforts at equal pay legislation, gender pay inequality still exists in the developed economies. How can this be put right?Solomon W. Polachek, May 2014Despite equal pay legislation dating back 50 years, American women still earn 22% less than their male counterparts. In the UK, with its Equal Pay Act of 1970, and France, which legislated in 1972, the gap is 21% and 17% respectively, and in Australia it remains around 17%. Interestingly, the gender pay gap is relatively small for the young but increases as men and women grow older. Similarly, it is large when comparing married men and women, but smaller for singles. Just what can explain these wage patterns? And what can governments do to speed up wage convergence to close the gender pay gap? Clearly, the gender pay gap continues to be an important policy issue.MoreLess