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Abortion Legislation, Women's Rights, and The Gender Wage Gap

by Tulchinsky, Ella

Abstract

The gender wage gap is the inequality in what men and women are paid. Historically, men have earned more than women in the labor force. The gap between wages is slowly converging over time, but women still only make about 80 cents for every dollar earned by men. Prior research explains that the main factors behind the prevalent wage inequality is mainly a function of occupational segregation and women’s lack of labor market experience. However, there is still a large amount of the wage gap that is unexplained. This research project investigates if there is a link between women’s contraceptive rights and the wages they receive. Specifically, this research examines the role of differing abortion laws in altering women’s life-cycle wages, and its ultimate implications for the gender wage gap. Findings suggest that that there is a positive relationship between restrictive abortion legislation and the gender wage gap at the 75th percentile.

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The author has given permission for this work to be deposited in the Digital Archive of Colorado College.

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Includes bibliographical references.

Administrative Notes

The author has given permission for this work to be deposited in the Digital Archive of Colorado College.

Colorado College Honor Code upheld.

Copyright
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Publisher
Colorado College Tutt Library
PID
coccc:30962
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
61 pages : illustrations
Thesis
Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Thesis Advisor
Kristina M.L. Acri, nee Lybecker
Department/Program
Economics and Business
Degree Name
Bachelor of Arts
Degree Type
bachelor
Degree Grantor
Colorado College Tutt Library
Date Issued
2019-05