Title

The narrowing gender gap in Hong Kong : 1976-1986

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Asian Economic Journal

Publication Date

7-1-1993

Volume

7

Issue

2

First Page

167

Last Page

180

Abstract

It is well known that real wages in Hong Kong have been rising continuously in the past few decades. Less widely appreciated is the fact that the earnings of women grew faster than the earnings of men. As a result the female-male earnings ratio increased dramatically. Using data collected from the 1976, 1981 and 1986 censuses, we document and analyze the improvement in earnings and occupation achievements of women relative to men. We argue that the female earnings gap may have been reduced by as much as ten percentage points in this ten year period. The rise in education level and in labor force participation of women are the chief factors in their economic progress.

DOI

10.1111/j.1467-8381.1993.tb00107.x

Print ISSN

13513958

E-ISSN

14678381

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Additional Information

The same paper in presented at the 3rd Convention of the East Asian Economic Association, Seoul, Korea, August 20–21, 1992.

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Recommended Citation

Lui, H.-K., & Suen, W. (1993). The narrowing gender gap in Hong Kong: 1976-1986. Asian Economic Journal, 7(2), 167-180. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8381.1993.tb00107.x