In a video interview, IZA Fellow Solomon Polachek (State University of New York at Binghamton) talks about equal pay and the gender wage gap.
He explains that equal pay policies based on wage outcomes have had little effect on the gender wage gap. Instead, economic policies that promote human capital accumulation and greater lifetime work for women – e.g. subsidizing day care and abolishing marriage taxes – can successfully reduce the gender wage gap further.
For more information on equal pay and the gender wage gap see a related article by Solomon Polachek entitled Equal pay legislation and the gender wage gap, which has been published on IZA World of Labor.