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The Gender Pay Gap Over the Life Cycle

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, May 31, 2020
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

The successful candidate will be enrolled on the Economics PhD at Cardiff Business School.

This project will investigate the evolution of gender pay gap over the life cycle and explore the extent to which this can be explained by factors such as household composition, family structure, employment and occupation. The aims of this project are motivated by recent evidence of substantial gender pay gap differences between age groups. For example, in the UK, the gender pay gap is at its most extreme for women in their 50s, with women’s average salaries at that age being around 15% lower than men’s. The variation in gender pay gap by age has attracted both media and policy attention but has yet to receive in-depth analysis. This project aims to fulfil this evidence gap.

Applicant profile:
The ideal candidate will have a masters’ degree in Economics (or equivalent) and a strong interest in pursuing in-depth research in labour economics. Applicants with a strong first degree in Economics will also be considered. The ideal applicant will be keen to conduct advanced quantitative research, particularly econometric analysis of large-scale representative microdata and will have previous academic knowledge and/or work experience in managing and analysing survey microdata with Excel or statistical software (such as Stata, R, SPSS or E-Views).

Funding Notes

Applications are open until 31st May 2020. This project is not funded, applications from self-funded students are welcome. Outstanding applicants may be considered for one of the available scholarships. The start date is 1st October 2020.

For more information about scholarships, entry requirements and application process please visit our website: View Website


In the research proposal section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisor of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided.

Please include:

1. Covering Letter
2. Academic Qualifications
3. Two References
4. CV
5. Research Proposal (maximum 1000 words), taking into consideration the working title of the project.

This program is available in English only. To request information in Welsh, please contact the Postgraduate Recruitment Team ([email protected]).

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