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Workplace variation in fatherhood wage premiums: Do formalization and performance pay matter?

TitleWorkplace variation in fatherhood wage premiums: Do formalization and performance pay matter?
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsFuller, S., and Cooke L. Prince
JournalWork Employment and Society
Volume32
Pages768 - 788
Keywordsfatherhood wage premium, organizations, wage inequality
Abstract

Parenthood contributes substantially to broader gender wage inequality. The intensification of gendered divisions of paid and unpaid work after the birth of a child create unequal constraints and expectations such that, all else equal, mothers earn less than childless women, but fathers earn a wage premium. The fatherhood wage premium, however, varies substantially among men. Analyses of linked workplace-employee data from Canada reveal how organizational context conditions educational, occupational and family-status variation in fatherhood premiums. More formal employment relations (collective bargaining and human resource departments) reduce both overall fatherhood premiums and group differences in them, while performance pay systems (merit and incentive pay) have mixed effects. Shifting entrenched gendered divisions of household labour is thus not the only pathway to minimizing fathers' wage advantage.

URLhttp://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0950017018764534
DOI10.1177/0950017018764534
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