Comparable worth—equal pay for jobs of equal value—has been called the civil rights issue of the 1980s. This volume consists of a committee report that sets forth an agenda of much-needed research on this issue, supported by six papers contributed by eminent social scientists. The research agenda presented is structured around two general themes: (1) occupational wage differentials and discrimination and (2) wage adjustment strategies and their impact. The papers deal with a wide range of topics, including job evaluation, social judgment biases in comparable worth analysis, the economics of comparable worth, and prospects for pay equity.
Table of Contents
|Report of a Seminar: An Agenda for Basic Research on Comparable Worth||1-34|
|Job Evaluation Research and Research Needs||35-52|
|Social Judgment Biases in Comparable Worth Analysis||53-70|
|The Economic Case for Comparable Worth||71-85|
|The Economics of Comparable Worth: Analytical, Empirical, and Policy Questions||86-115|
|Jobs, Job Status, and Women's Gains from Affirmative Action: Implications for Comparable Worth||116-136|
|Prospects for Pay Equity in a Changing Economy||137-166|
|Biographical Sketches of Authors||167-170|
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