Exploring the Gender Wage Gap in Utah

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Title Exploring the Gender Wage Gap in Utah
Creator Rachel Jones
Subject Senior thesis; economics; religion; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; inequality; discrimination; gender wage gap; Utah
Description This paper will investigate the gender wage gap existing in Utah and why Utah has the widest gap. Discrimination is considered the leading cause of the gender wage gap in Utah. Within the body of the paper the types of discrimination are discussed, and applicable economic theory is explored. An application of Neoclassical Economic principals will be defined and applied to the modernday Utah wage gap, in an effort to better understand the reasons behind the existence of the gap, and potential means of closing the gap. This paper will discuss values and gender specific roles of the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-Day Saints (LDS). It will contemplate any correlations that could be present between the church culture and the wage gap of Utah, since the LDS church is both the majority religion and historically significant to the state of Utah. There are measurable and unmeasurable factors that contribute to the gender wage gap in Utah. Measurable factors include education, experience, and occupational choice, while the influence of religion is not entirely quantifiable. There are correlations between the Utah's cultural norms and the key factors that explain the gender wage gap.
Publisher Westminster College
Date 2019-01
Type Text; Image
Language eng
Rights Management Digital copyright 2016, Westminster College. All rights Reserved.
ARK ark:/87278/s6f23m7z
Setname wc_ir
Date Created 2019-09-19
Date Modified 2019-09-19
ID 1460615
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6f23m7z
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