Reading List on Comparable Worth (jobs).

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                    COMPARABLE WORTH REFERENCES

        Thanks for your reply. Well, due, at least inpart, to my experience in
poverty due to my parent's divorce (my dad didn'y pay child support & my mother
couldn't find a job that she could support us on), I was motivated to see if
comparable worth offered a possible (partial) solution to the "feminization of
poverty." (Thurow, 30).  I wrote a 2000 word paper for an English Class dealing
with this subject (CW). I used 8 sources for the paper (listed below) but
actually have an anthology of 22 sources that I put together for my research. I
kept about 50 others (mainly in my souces bibiliographies) in mind in case I has
time to use them.  If you're really interested, perhaps I can file transfer the
whole thing (paper and all) to your BBS.  [See COMPWRT3.TXT]

References for My Paper:

Aaron, Henry J and Lougy, Cameran, M.
The Comparable Worth Controversy.
Washington DC: The Brookings Institution, 1986.
(EXCELLENT SOURCE!)

Comparable Worth: A symposium on Issues and Alternatives.
Washington DC: The Equal Employment Advisory Council, 1981.

Gold, Michael Evan. A Dialogue On Comparable Worth.
Ithaca, New York. Cornell University, 1983.

Johnson, George and Solon, Gary.
"Estimates of the Direct Effects of Comparable Worth Policy."
American Economic Review 76(1986): 1117-1126.

Hollenbeck, John R., et al. "Sex Differences in Occupational Choice, Pay, and
Worth: A Supply Side Approach to Understanding the Male Female Wage Gap."
Personnel Psychology 40, no. 4 (Winter 1987): 715-743.

Pommeranke, Pamela Lynne. "Cmparable Worth: A Panacea for Discrimination
Against Women in the Labor Market?".
American Economist 32 (spring 1988): 44-48.

Smith, Robert S. "Comparable Worth: Limited Coverage and Exacerbation of
inequality."
Industrial and Labor Relations Review 41, #2 (Jan 1988): 227-39.

Thurow, Lester C. "A Surge in Inequality."
Scientific American 256, no. 5 (may 1987): 30-37.


My very tentative conclusions (which I will certainly change in light of new
facts or interpretation) is that comparable worth is a well intentioned idea
that, unfortunately, would offer very little in the way of a solution to the
male-female wage gap. It does seem reasonable to implement CW in government
jobs, however. This has in fact been an accomplished fact for sometime in a few
States.

One Avenue that might be interesting to persue: Aaron (reference above) says
that the Nation of Australia has implmented CW on a large scale and I think
that they have had some success. Perhaps you could persue that line of reseach
and let us (ECHO mailers) know what you found.

   Chris Schene
   Origin: IASD ENG BBS The Software Engineer's Exchange (1:114/18.0)

   Also see:  COMPWRT3.TXT & COMPWRT4.TXT by Chris Schene
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