Last summer, I wrote about a 2009 government-financed research report which provided evidence that the so-called “gender wage gap” – the idea that women get paid less than men because of baseless discrimination – is largely a myth. The body of evidence supporting that position continues to grow.
Recently, I came across an article published in 2011 by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis that further verified much of what the 2009 report suggested. The authors reviewed various economic studies of the “gender wage gap,” and point out that this research suggests the difference between pay of men and women can be explained by things like differences in educational attainment, work experience, and occupational choice; a stronger “labor force attachment” in men (i.e., a long-term commitment to a career); a higher willingness among women to work part time; and a stronger preference among women for good benefits such as health insurance, even if it means getting less take-home pay.
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