Research Publication Title

Does the Gender Pay Gap Vary by State Population?

Major

Economics

Faculty Mentor(s)

John R. Swinton

Abstract

The premise of this paper is to explore population as a potential cause of the gender pay gap. This is done through use of state level, cross-sectional data from the U.S. Census. This study focuses specifically on demographics, education level, dominant industry, and dominant state political affiliation in relation to the percentage of men's pay that women in each state earn. Although I discovered that population and the gender pay gap were not linked, it was also found that states with larger numbers of democratic voters were more likely to have a smaller gap in pay between men and women.

Start Date

10-4-2015 1:15 PM

End Date

10-4-2015 2:15 PM

Location

HSB 304

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Does the Gender Pay Gap Vary by State Population?

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The premise of this paper is to explore population as a potential cause of the gender pay gap. This is done through use of state level, cross-sectional data from the U.S. Census. This study focuses specifically on demographics, education level, dominant industry, and dominant state political affiliation in relation to the percentage of men's pay that women in each state earn. Although I discovered that population and the gender pay gap were not linked, it was also found that states with larger numbers of democratic voters were more likely to have a smaller gap in pay between men and women.