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  1. I’m sorry, what kind of generous benefits am I receiving that my male coworkers are not? Please elaborate, because I was unaware of this perk I am clearly not taking advantage of.

  2. Andrew Biggs

    AE: Maybe I didn’t express the research quite right. It’s not that within a given employer, women receive better benefits than men. It’s that, ON AVERAGE, women tend to work in jobs that pay better benefits RELATIVE TO WAGES, than men. (The capitals are for stress; I’m not yelling at you!) E.g., more women work in government and non-profits, and these jobs tend to have more generous benefits (again, relative to the wages they pay) than other jobs. If we know from the data that, after controlling for other factors, male/female salaries are pretty close, then it’s possible that more generous benefits actually make total female compensation higher (again, after controlling for all relevant factors, etc).

  3. While the 77% statistic is bogus, this article doesn’t articulate the reasons that well.

    The fact that discrimination works against employers doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Should we pretend discrimination against blacks didn’t exist in the 1960’s because it didn’t make economic sense?

    Often, the problem with the calculation of the statistic is that it doesn’t do a like-for-like comparison when it comes to hours worked, seniority etc.

    Additionally, some of these studies presume that a woman with a 4-year art history degree should be making the same as a man with a 4-year computer science degree, ignoring market forces.

    Women also receive more in gratuities (which often goes unreported skewing the statistics).

    When you peel away all the layers, there is still a discrepancy of 1-5%, which is largely attributed to employers preferring a man over a woman, because of the risk that women are more likely to go on mat leave and/or retire to raise a family.

    A wage gap will always exist as long as society tells us that women should be the primary caregiver.

    1. It wasnt society that made such a claim of women being better caregivers and therefore the primaries in court settlements – it was the feminist movement. Take a good look at the Tender Years Doctrine and how it’s tenants still apply to the court systems of today and the feminist lobby slandered men as predatory when it comes to children. Feminists argue that being the primary in custodial cases and viewed as better caregivers is a misogynistic view set forth by the patriarchy (wow what a terrible thing to accuse women of ! Being caring , how dare we say such a thing) , but do you see feminists arguing to change the law ? Nope ! It benefits them ! They have one more issue to argue about, while they get full custody of their children and a sweet little check every month for alimony and child support. Hell if I was a feminist why would I argue against such a sweet deal ?

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