Gender Wage Discrimination Bias? A Meta-Regression Analysis

Hendrix College, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
The Journal of Human Resources (Impact Factor: 2.37). 09/1998; 33(4):947-973. DOI: 10.2307/146404
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This study provides a quantitative review of the empirical literature on gender wage discrimination. Although there is considerable agreement that gender wage discrimination exists, estimates of its magnitude vary widely. Our meta-regression analysis (MRA) reveals that the estimated gender gap has been steadily declining and the wage rate calculation to be crucial. Large biases are likely when researchers omit experience or fail to correct for selection bias. Finally, there appears to be significant gender bias in gender research. However, it is a virtuous variety where researchers tend to compensate for potential bias implicit in their gender membership.

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    • "Previous research has demonstrated negative workplace outcomes due to biases related to weight (Roehling, Pichler, and Bruce 2013; Rudolph et al. 2009) and gender (Brownell and Walsh 2008; Eagly, Makhijani, and Klonsky 1992; Joshi, Son, and Roh 2015; Stanley and Jarrell 1998). A great deal of research suggests that being heavy is related to higher incidence of discrimination and other negative employment outcomes (Roehling, Roehling, and Pichler 2007). "
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    • "The perceived lack of fit (Heilman, 1983, 2012) or incongruity (Eagly & Karau, 2002) between women's assumed capabilities and the demands of leadership positions evokes the impression that women are not equipped to handle such male-typed tasks. This fact has various negative consequences for women aspiring to these positions (see Eagly & Karau, 2002; Heilman, 2012; for overviews): it fosters a male bias in hiring decisions (Schein, 2001), wage decisions (Eagly & Karau, 2002; Stanley & Jarrell, 1998), and employmentrelated recommendations (Heilman & Okimoto, 2008; Heilman, Wallen, Fuchs, & Tamkins, 2004). "

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    • "The Blinder-Oaxaca decomposition originated and has been widely used in the study of labor market discrimination (Blinder 1973; Oaxaca 1973). Economists and sociologists have, for instance , used it to decompose wage and earnings differences based on gender (e.g., Stanley and Jarrell 1998; Weichselbaumer and Winter-Ebmer 2005) and race (e.g., Darity, Guilkey, and Winfrey 1996; Kim 2010). Although Blinder-Oaxaca decompositions have been a mainstay of empirical research on discrimination, they can be, in principle, applied to explain differences in any continuous outcome across any two groups. "
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