Pay Transparency and the Gender Gapt

National Bureau of Economic Research(2023)

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We examine the impact of public sector salary disclosure laws on university faculty salaries in Canada. The laws, which enable pub-lic access to the salaries of individual faculty if they exceed spec-ified thresholds, were introduced in different provinces at different times. Using detailed administrative data covering the majority of faculty in Canada, and an event-study research design that exploits within-province variation in exposure to the policy across institutions and academic departments, we find robust evidence that the laws reduced the gender pay gap between men and women by approxi-mately 20-40 percent. (JEL I23, J16, J31, J44, K31)
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