Journal of Economic Perspectives: Vol. 3 No. 1 (Winter 1989)


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Does the Market for Women's Labor Need Fixing?

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Bergmann, Barbara R. 1989. "Does the Market for Women's Labor Need Fixing?" Journal of Economic Perspectives, 3(1): 43-60.

DOI: 10.1257/jep.3.1.43


I will start by reviewing the evidence that discrimination against women is currently serious and has important consequences for their pay and status. Some of this evidence is of a variety that economists do not commonly examine or take account of. On the assumption that at least some readers will agree that some remedies might be called for, I go on to look at the virtues and defects of the remedies most commonly proposed—affirmative action and administered wage realignment under the rubric of "pay equity" or "comparable worth."

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917: Economics of Minorities; Economics of Discrimination
826: Labor Markets: Demographic Characteristics
813: Labor Force--General


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