Pay equity in occupations: the nursing profession

Julia Lane, Lavonne Straub

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The issue of comparable worth has been discussed in great detail, both in the media and in academic journals. This study provides an in-depth look at one female-dominated profession - the nursing profession. The focus of the analysis is on the determinants of individuals' decisions to participate or not participate in the nurse labor market. If the determinants are economic in nature, then comparable worth can be discussed in an economic framework. If, however, the decision is based on real or socialized differences in preferences, then other approaches may prove more valuable. This study finds that the choices made by the surveyed nurses were non-economic in nature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-45
Number of pages15
JournalPopulation Research and Policy Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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