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April 29, 2007

The Gender Pay Gap

More complex than many seem to think:

a. There is no pay gap among single, full-time workers age 21 to 35, who live alone.

b. Among people ages 27 to 33 who have never had a child, the earnings of women are about 98% of men's.

c. Never-married women in their 30s who have worked continuously earn slightly higher incomes than their male counterparts.

d. Men spend only 1.6% of all potential work years out of the workforce, while women spend 14.7% of potential work years away from work.

e. A woman's lifetime earnings are lowered 13% by having her first child, and 19% by having her second.

Yet more on hte idea that the difference in average incomes between men and women is more to do with children and choices of career than it is to do with discrimination.

April 29, 2007 in Feminism | Permalink


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Well said. Needs saying.

In a nutshell: the better-controlled the study, the smaller is the supposed gender pay gap; until with really well-controlled studies it disappears (or reverses).

See : Why Men Earn More by Warren Farrell.

Posted by: Bruce G Charlton | Apr 29, 2007 3:25:12 PM

If those are the facts, then they are the facts.

The so-called gender pay gap is hyped up by meddling politicians and so on to justify loads of interference in employment.

Besides who cares even if there is a gender pay gap? It's obviously not that huge, and once women are married they end up spending the bulk of their husband's wages as well.

Posted by: Mark Wadsworth | Apr 29, 2007 3:45:14 PM

good to see another politician's favourite hobby horse utterly demolished. wont stop Cameron from banging on about it tho. why stops facts getting in the way of a touchy-feely story

Posted by: pommygranate | Apr 30, 2007 5:57:02 AM