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Gender pay disparity increases with age

New research on pay disparity in the Australian labour market has found that female graduates earn less than their male counterparts, and the gap widens considerably with an increase in age.

The study drew data from 11 years of results from a “Graduate Destination Survey”.

The research was conducted by Assistant Professor Ian Lie from the University of Western Australia’s School of Population Health and Professor Paul Miller of Curtin University’s School of Economics and Finance.

“While the gender wage gap is relatively small - two to three per cent - among graduates in their early 20s, it can be quite substantial for those who graduate at an older age,” Dr Li said.

The study - Gender Discrimination in the Australian Graduate Labour Market - was published in the Australian Journal of Labour Economics.

Read more at The University of Western Australia

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