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July 1990

Recent gains in women’s earnings: better pay or longer hours?

Michael W. Horrigan, James P. Markey

The female-male earnings gap narrowed significantly between 1979 and 1987, reflecting increases in earnings per hour, rather than in hours worked. This article examines recent changes in the female-male earnings gap.

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