A man's blessing or a woman's curse? The family earnings gap of doctors

Stefanie Schurer, Daniel Kuehnle, Anthony Scott, Terence C. Cheng

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We examine the size and determinants of the family earnings gap for Australian general practitioners (GPs). Female GPs with children earn more than $30,000 less than comparable female GPs without children, while male GPs with children earn more than $45,000 more than comparable male GPs without children. The main determinants of the family gap are differences in observable characteristics such as working hours, labor-force attachment, and demographics, and additionally, for men, entrepreneurship and practice size. A fixed-effects extension of the analysis confirms both the carer effect of children on female GPs and the breadwinner effect of children on male GPs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-414
Number of pages30
JournalIndustrial Relations
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2016
Externally publishedYes

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