The economics of equal pay
Citation: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
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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.
Description:Read before the Society, 3 March 1972
Other Titles:Symposium on "The interim report on equal pay of the Commission on the Status of Women"
Publisher:Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland
Type of material:Journal article
Series/Report no:Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland
Vol. XXII, Part IV, 1971/1972
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Keywords:Equal pay, Female working conditions, Commission on the status of women, Irish labour market