Minimum wages and the gender gap in pay. Evidence from the UK and Ireland.Authors: BARGAIN Olivier, DOORLEY Karina, VAN KERM Philippe.
Abstract: Since women are disproportionately in low paid work, they should benefit the most from minimum wage policies. We exploit the introduction of a national minimum wage (MW) in Ireland (in 2000) and the UK (in 1999) to check this prediction. Using panel survey data, we implement difference-in-difference estimation of a distribution regression model. We separate out "price" effects from "composition" effects. A large reduction of the gap at low wages is found for Ireland, with small spill-over effects further up in the distribution. There is hardly any effect in Britain, largely because of apparent non-compliance with the minimum wage legislation.
Reference: BARGAIN Olivier, DOORLEY Karina, VAN KERM Philippe. Minimum wages and the gender gap in pay. Evidence from the UK and Ireland. LISER, 2016, Working Papers n°2016-02, 37 p.Keywords:
JEL: C14, J16.