Equal pay Female working conditions Commission on the status of women Irish labour market
Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland
Geary, Patrick T., and Walsh, Brendan M. 'The economics of equal pay'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland, Vol. XXII, Part IV, 1971/1972, pp112-125
Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. XXII, Part IV, 1971/1972
The importance of the concept of equal pay appears to derive from the
notion that unequal pay represents discrimination against women, and
hence is unjust. There is however a basic difficulty in defining "equal pay".
The Commission felt that
"outside the public service such a provision would affect only a small
proportion of women workers". We certainly concur in this reasoning,
since about 25 per cent of women workers are in occupations that are
90 per cent or more female and no doubt if more detailed
data were available on grades etc. it would be clear that very few women
are doing work for which there is an exactly comparable male rate of pay.
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