Open Access Presidential Scholars Thesis
This study evaluates the effects of marriage and children on the earnings and career patterns of women accountants. Data was obtained from 116 questionnaires completed by women accountants who were employees of a large public accounting firm. The analysis suggests that neither marriage nor children have an effect on current salary levels while having children appears to have a negative effect on average annual salary growth. Having tenure with the firm and possessing a master's degree are positively related to earnings levels. The data also indicate that more rapid promotions within the firm lead to higher average salary growth rates over a woman's accounting career.
Date of Award
Department of Economics
Presidential Scholar Designation
A paper submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation Presidential Scholar
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©1993 - Holly R. Mahan
Mahan, Holly R., "Having it all - fact of fiction?: The effects of marriage and motherhood on the career patterns and earnings of women accountants" (1993). Presidential Scholars Theses (1990 – 2006). 108.