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Labour market inequality and the changing life cycle profile of male and female wages

22 May 2024, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

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Join this event to hear Richard Blundell explore the distribution of life cycle wages for cohorts of prime-age men and women in the US.

This event is free.

Event Information

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Greta Morando


Room G03
55-59 Gordon Square

Richard will discuss the quantile selection model used to consistently recover the full distribution of wages – accounting for systematic differences in employment, permitting us to construct gender- and education-specific age-wage profiles, as well as measures of life cycle inequality within- and between-education groups and gender.

He will also talk about the gender wage gap and why this is found to increase sharply across the distribution in the first half of working life, coinciding with the fertility cycles of women – and how after age 40, there has been substantial gender wage convergence in recent cohorts relative to those born prior to the 1950s.

This event will be particularly useful for academics and policymakers.

Please note this is a hybrid event and can be joined either in-person or online.

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About the Speaker

Professor Sir Richard Blundell, CBE FBA

David Ricardo Chair of Political Economy at UCL

He is currently also Co-Director and Research Fellow of the ESRC Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy at the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

His research interests are in microeconometrics, consumer behavior, savings, labour supply, taxation, public finance, innovation and inequality.