Exploring the Gender Pay Gap in Hawai‘i

Rachel Inafuku, Economy, Labor Market, Reports

The US has made substantial progress in closing the historical earnings gap between men and women, but data from the American Community Survey (ACS) shows that from 2015 to 2022 full-time working women in the US earned 84 cents for every dollar a man made. In Hawai‘i, full-time women fared slightly better, making 86 cents for every dollar earned by a man, though the gap was still substantial. This report uses data from the ACS to take a deeper look into Hawai‘i’s gender pay gap to further understand the role of gender in the workforce.

1 thought on “Exploring the Gender Pay Gap in Hawai‘i”

  1. James Roumasset

    Half a century ago, there was a JPE article using Redbook data showing that unmarried men earned roughly the same as unmarried and married women, i.e. that the apparent gender gap has actually been a premium for having a wife. What remains unknown, even after Goldin’s research, is to what extent that premium has been due to womens’ selection of promising husbands, wives playing a supportive role in husband’s careers, and the opportunity cost of child rearing. Given the shift in cultural norms over the last 50 years regarding these three pathways, it may be possible to tease out their relative contributions.

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