Henry Phelps Brown

in The Inequality of Pay

Published in print April 1979 | ISBN: 9780198851202
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596780 | DOI:

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What has been held to be an outstanding instance of differences of pay being dependent upon differences of status is examined in this chapter on discrimination. Of the various aspects of class, that taken as most pertinent to the present inquiry is the grouping of occupations by class according to the tendency of the children of those in a given occupation to enter occupations in the same class. The different sections of the chapter are: Forms of discrimination; Discrimination against women––before and within the market; Discrimination against minorities––discrimination against blacks before and within the market; and The effects of raising minimum wages, as a test for the presence of discrimination. The last section reviews and discusses the material presented, drawing out six main points.

Keywords: blacks; class; discrimination; minimum wage; minorities; occupation; pay; pay structure; status; women

Chapter.  19668 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Economics

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