Understanding the economic implications of the gender pay gap

Gender equity Gender gap Women economic conditions Australia

In 2009, KPMG Australia undertook this major study for the Diversity Council Australia (DCA) to develop a more rigorous evidence base around the structural factors underlying the gender pay gap, the contribution of these factors to the gap, and the potential economic implications in terms of women’s participation in the labour force, and broader economic productivity and growth.

KPMG’s analysis was based on data from the 2007 Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey, and built on research undertaken in the United Kingdom (UK) by Walby and Olsen (2002). This report found that in 2007, of the hourly pay gap of $1.29 ($1.70 in today’s dollars), approximately 35 percent was potentially attributable to gender.


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