Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Debunking the myth that women do not earn as much as men

An excellent primer from Brian Lilley.

The reasons for men and women earning different annual incomes are many and they are complex. Some of the difference comes down to choice, stability over risk, the decision by many women to only seek part-time work, the difference between what is offered in wages and what is offered in generous public sector benefits. The [CLC] report offered up Monday by the activists examines none of this and instead looks at one number and comes to the conclusion that it is all due to discrimination. I do note they do not determine that women having 87% of nursing jobs is due to discrimination, and that too speaks to how serious this report is and how much attention policy makers should give to it. If we are going to have a serious discussion on this issue, let's start by looking at real numbers.


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