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Never Argue With an Idiot. They Drag You Down to Their Level.

So as you may or may not know, Scott Adams, the creator of “Dilbert,” has a blog. This likely doesn’t surprise you. After all, anybody who’s anybody — and most anybody who isn’t — has a blog these days. And if … Continue reading

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Myth: The Wage Gap is Caused by Men's Higher Pay for Dangerous Jobs (wage gap series, part 10)

(This is one of a series of posts on the wage gap.) Over on Amanda’s blog, reader “JenK” writes: Men are more willing to take on dangerous jobs so can find better paying jobs than those who are not willing … Continue reading

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Some Evidence of Discrimination (wage gap series, part 9)

(This is one of a series of posts on the wage gap.) In this post, I’ll address a very simple question: what evidence is there that economic discrimination against women currently exists in the USA? Reading the works of conservatives … Continue reading

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Myth: If women really got paid less for similar work, then employers would replace all of the male workers with female workers (wage gap series, part 8)

(This is one of a series of posts on the wage gap.) On page 16 of the anti-feminist economics handbook Women’s Figures, the authors explain that “if women were only paid seventy-four cents on a man’s dollar, then a firm … Continue reading

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Myth: The best way to measure the pay gap is to consider only the young and the childless (wage gap series, part 7)

(This is one of a series of posts on the wage gap.) So suppose you want to look at the wage gap. The best thing to do is to consider only what happens to young workers without children, right? This … Continue reading

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Myth: The pay gap only exists because women haven't been in the workplace as long as men (wage gap series, part 6)

(This is one of a series of posts on the wage gap.) This is a very common argument. In this view, the pay gap is only still around because women only recently entered the workforce; as such, women haven’t had … Continue reading

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The Motherhood Myth (wage gap series, part 5)

(This is one of a series of posts on the wage gap.) Myth: The pay gap only exists because women take time off from work to raise kids. This is a common belief, especially among anti-feminists. Typical is Patricia Hausman’s … Continue reading

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Wage Gap Myth: The pay gap only exists because men work so many more hours than women. (wage gap series, part 4)

(This is one of a series of posts on the wage gap.) This is a myth which is frequently repeated by anti-feminists on the internet. Although exact details vary, the argument is generally that the pay gap is a statistical … Continue reading

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What Causes the Pay Gap? (wage gap series, part 3)

(This is one of a series of posts on the wage gap.) First of all, let’s dispel one common misunderstanding: the pay gap between women and men is not primarily caused by unequal pay for identical jobs. This does occasionally … Continue reading

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Trends in the Wage Gap (wage gap series, part 2)

(This is one of a series of posts on the wage gap.) Changes in the pay gap over time. In 1972, women working full-time year-round earned 57.9% of what men working full-time year-round earned. In 1999, measured the same way, … Continue reading

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