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Gender earnings gap biggest for highest educated

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There has been a substantial fall in the gap between the earnings of lower-educated men and women over the last 25 years. However, there has been no fall at all in the gap for graduates. Traditionally, it has been lower-educated women whose wages were especially low relative to similarly educated men. It is now the highest educated women whose wages are the furthest behind their male counterparts – and this is particularly related to the fact that they lose out so badly from working part time.

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IFS Working Paper 18/02
Despite some convergence, the gender pay gap remains large. In this study, we use BHPS-USoc data to document the evolution of the gender pay gap in the UK over the past 25 years and its association with fertility. We also investigate the potential role of various differences in career patterns ...