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Author Sorensen, Elaine Joy.

Title Comparable worth : is it a worthy policy? / Elaine Sorensen
Published Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [1994]


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 MELB  331.21530973 Sor/Cwi  AVAILABLE
Description xiii, 166 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents Machine derived contents note: Table of contents for Comparable worth : is it a worthy policy? / Elaine Sorensen. -- Bibliographic record and links to related information available from the Library of Congress catalog -- Information from electronic data provided by the publisher. May be incomplete or contain other coding. -- List of Figures List of Tables Acknowledgments Ch. 1 An Overview 3 Ch. 2 Measuring the Underpayment of "Women's Work" 21 Ch. 3 Is the Underpayment of "Women's Work" Discrimination? 42 Ch. 4 Implementation of Comparable Worth 57 Ch. 5 The Economic Effects of Comparable Worth 92 Ch. 6 Conclusions and Policy Recommendations 130 Notes 137 References 153 Index 163 -- Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Pay equity United States
Summary For decades women working as nurses, librarians, and secretaries have argued that they are paid less than men in jobs requiring comparable skill and effort. By the late 1980s, the notion of "comparable worth" had become a familiar one, and comparable worth initiatives were being developed to counteract the persistent disparities between male and female pay. In a comprehensive assessment of this policy, Elaine Sorensen lays out the various approaches states have taken, identifying the most and least successful among them. The author attributes part of the gender pay gap to economic discrimination and suggests theoretical models that best explain this discrimination. She examines the usefulness of comparable worth policies as a means of reducing male/female wage disparities. Minnesota's policies are examined in detail as an example of promising efforts in this regard. Sorensen ends by examining comparable worth's likely future fate in Congress and the courts
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 153-161) and index
Subject Pay equity -- United States.
LC no. 93023874
ISBN 0691032637 (acid-free paper)