Minimum wages and the gender gap in pay

Year: 
2019
Author: 
Karina Doorley
Synopsis: 
Minimum wages are often advocated as tools to alleviate poverty as long as they are not set so high that they reduce employment. Because women are more likely than men to work in low paid jobs, minimum wages can also help to reduce the gender pay gap. This study examines how the gender wage gap changed following the introduction of the National Minimum Wage in Ireland in 2000 and the United Kingdom (UK) in 1999.
Commissioned by: 
ESRI