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In Brief... UK gender pay gap reporting: a crude but effective policy
Jack Blundell
October 2021
Paper No' CEPCP616:
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CentrePiece 26 (3) Autumn 2021

Tags: wages; equality; gender; pay; pay gap; labour; gender pay gap; gender pay gap reporting; transparency; discrimination; information; public policy

Forcing employers to reveal their gender pay gap has been effective in its main goal of narrowing the gap, according to research by Jack Blundell who finds the difference between women and men's pay has shrunk by just under a fifth at affected organisations. Women have a strong aversion to employers with wide pay gaps and some organisations have felt compelled to make changes to attract and retain them.

This article summarises 'Wage Responses to Gender Pay Gap Reporting Requirements' by Jack Blundell, CEP Discussion Paper No. 1750.