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The DOL’s Women’s Bureau Released Two New Studies on the Gender Wage Gap


Studies indicate that the gender wage gap ranges between 17 and 20 percent

Two new studies addressing the gender wage gap was posted on the Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau.

  1. An Evaluation of the Gender Wage Gap Using Linked Survey and Administrative Data and Executive Summary.  This report was developed in conjunction with the Census Bureau and uses nationally representative survey data and administrative records from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) evaluating the wage gap in 316 occupations.
  2. Gender-Based Pay Disparity Study.  This report was developed by 2M Research and sponsored by the Women’s Bureau.  This study includes updated estimates of the gender wage gap and an annotated bibliography of recent wage gap studies.

Both studies indicate that the gender wage gap ranges between 17% and 20% even after accounting for differences in men’s and women’s work histories, work  hours, industry and occupational distribution, and job characteristics.  In nearly all occupations, women working full time earned less than men. 

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