Tagged: wage gap

Marriage, kids, and the wage gap - The Dismal Science

Paul Walker Mar 11, 2017

The career dynamics of the gender gap for graduates of the Chicago Business School, as studied by Bertrand, Goldin, and Katz (2010), illustrate a common pattern. While women and men start their careers with similar earnings, a substantial gap arises over time, and the arrival of children is a major concurrent factor in the rising earnings gap. At least in … Read More

The gender wage gap and hours worked - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Dec 19, 2014

From my piece with Bryce Wilkinson in last week's National Business Review:Suppose a management consultant pulled you aside and said, “Hey, have I got a deal for you. With this one simple trick, I can lower your labour costs by 14% and it won’t cost you a dime in productivity. Trust me, I know what I’m doing.” You’d probably be … Read More

Moar kids - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Feb 04, 2014

Overshadowed (predictably) by Lorde's Grammy wins was Labour's policy announcement. Should Labour form government, they'd like to pay parents $60 per week for the first year of the child's life. 95% of children are meant to be covered by the plan, which is not income contingent for the first $150,000 of family income but abates to zero immediately at … Read More

Wage gaps and maternity - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Dec 03, 2013

Another for the "the gender wage gap has less to do with sexist employers and more to do with productivity characteristics" file: having children reduces the intensity of market work. In a nice study on Norwegian data, where effects are identified by comparing against women who had miscarriages, women having children see earnings reductions of 16%, driven mostly by … Read More

Fertile employment - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Nov 24, 2013

One potential explanation for lower female wages: employers fear that female employees will take maternity leave and condition wage and employment offers on that risk. I'm not saying it's a good thing. It's almost certainly illegal. But it's potentiall... Read More

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