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[Excerpt] To help focus subsequent debate, this paper presents a nontechnical survey of the small but growing empirical literature by economists on the consequences of comparable worth. I discuss in turn studies of the consequences of comparable worth on the male-female earnings gap, of its potential to affect adversely the employment of women, of its effects on the labor supply and occupational mobility of women, and of its effects on women and their families as a group. The survey is critical in nature and points to areas in which research is needed.


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Ehrenberg, R. G., (1989). Empirical consequences of comparable worth [Electronic version]. In A. Hill and M. Killingsworth (Eds.), Comparable worth: Analyses and evidence (pp. 90-106). Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

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