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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The dad pay gap

A new study find various pay gaps, with the most notable one being between dads and non-dads:
Being a dad might entail dirty diapers, but it also tends to come with big bucks.

Men without children earned 40% less than their counterparts with children in 2010, according to a new study by The Graduate Center, City University of New York. And fathers made nearly twice as much as mothers.

Dads had a median salary of $49,000 compared to around $29,000 for men without kids.

Part of reason for the wide differential between dads and non-dads is that fathers tend to be older and more established in their jobs and command higher wages. But the gap persists even among men in the same age group.
There are some other obvious explanations. Maybe the dads are working harder to support their families. Maybe the women who want kids marry higher-earning men, and support their careers.

The feminist researcher has her own view:
It is likely that income disparities were related to the well-known fact that women have historically been paid lower salaries than men in similar occupational categories
In other words, it must be some sort of evil discrimination that must be eradicated.

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