Workplace Variation in Fatherhood Wage Premiums: Do Formalization and Performance Pay Matter?

Sylvia Fuller, Lynn Cooke

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Parenthood contributes substantially to broader gender wage inequality. The intensification of gendered divisions of paid and unpaid work after the birth of a child create unequal constraints and expectations such that, all else equal, mothers earn less than childless women, but fathers earn a wage premium. The fatherhood wage premium, however, varies substantially among men. Analyses of linked workplace-employee data from Canada reveal how organizational context conditions educational, occupational, and family-status variation in fatherhood premiums. More formal employment relations (collective bargaining and human resource departments) reduce both overall fatherhood premiums and group differences in them, while performance pay systems (merit and incentive pay) have mixed effects. Shifting entrenched gendered divisions of household labour is thus not the only pathway to minimizing fathers’ wage advantage.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)768-788
Number of pages21
JournalWork, Employment and Society
Issue number4
Early online date30 Apr 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2018


  • Fatherhood wage premium
  • organizations
  • wage inequality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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