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September 12, 2011

Berlin Lunchtime Meeting

The Gender Pay Gap in the US: Going, Going, ..., But Not Gone


September 12, 2011
12.00 - 13.00 followed by a buffet lunch


Schumpeter Saal
DIW Berlin im Quartier 110
Mohrenstraße 58
10117 Berlin


Prof. Francine D. Blau, Ph.D

Chair: Elke Holst
Introduction: Anne Busch

Professor Blau will describe trends in the gender pay gap in the United States in an international perspective, particularly the important gains in recent decades. She will consider fundamental explanations for the gender pay gap and use these explanations to understand the trends. Among the questions that she will consider are: Has discrimination against women in the US and other advanced countries declined? Does it still exist? What role do improvements in women's qualifications play in the reduction in the gender pay gap? Are there broad market-wide trends that help to explain the decrease? In particular, have trends in the demand for labor favored women relative to men? Why is the gender pay gap in the United States larger than in many other economically advanced countries? What role do government policies play in reducing the gender pay gap?

Prof. Francine D. Blau, Frances Perkins Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations and Professor of Economics at Cornell University/USA, also DIW Research Professor, Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a Research Fellow of IZA and CESIfo in Germany. She has written widely on gender issues, wage inequality, immigration, and international comparisons of labor market outcomes. In 2010 in Germany, the IZA Prize for outstanding academic achievement in the field of labor economics; she was the first woman to receive this prestigious award. Professor Blau has served as President of the Society of Labor Economists and the Labor and Employment Relations Association (formerly the Industrial Relations Research Association), Vice President of the American Economic Association (AEA), President of the Midwest Economics Association, and Chair of the AEA Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession.

Anne Busch: DIW Berlin and Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin.

PD Dr. Elke Holst: Research Director Gender Studies, DIW Berlin.

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