Public sector gender wage gap imported from private sector
A Bank of Israel study found that the wage gap between men and women in the public sector grew consistently as they grew older.
"The main reason for this was that the older men were when they started working in public administration, the higher their job, in terms of pay, than that of women who joined.," states a study by researchers Yuval Mazar and Noam Michelson.
"Men's faster rate of advancement during their career had less effect on the wage differential."
The report adds, "No evidence was found that men who joined public administration during their careers received a larger wage premium than did women who joined, given their wage in their previous jobs." The researchers believe this implies that differences in salaries were due to the salary level in their previous position, apparently in the private sector. "The wage differential, which increased with the age of joining the public sector, reflected different wage levels in their previous employment."
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