Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The equal wages hypothesis

Hypothesis: Implementation of equal wages policy will cause an upsurge in female unemployment in the short run and then a fall. A kuznet's curve expected. 


Source for legal reference

The 1999 Law 
Unemployment Stats for the females from 1998 to 2013 (Google public Data) *Eurostat

Refutes the hypothesis

The 1998 Employment Equality Act 

Refutes the hypothesis
The 1995 Constitution 

Refutes the hypothesis

UKThe Equal Pay Act 1970, as amended by Equal Value Regulations of 1983, and the Sex Discrimination Act of 1976 and 1986, superseded by the Equality Act 2010.

Refutes the hypothesis


  • Equal Remuneration Act of 1976
  • MGNREGA implemented in 2005, recognizes equal pay and makes 1/3 Quota

Refutes the hypothesis

Czech Republic

Czech RepublicRemuneration for work is regulated by Act no. 1/1992 Coll. on pay, remuneration for overtime, and average income; and by Act no. 43/1991 Coll. on pay and remuneration for overtime in state and some other organisations and bodies

In line with the hypothesis


NetherlandsThe Constitution (Article 1) and the 1994 Law on Equal Treatment.

Refutes the Hypothesis

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