The Statistics Behind the Gender Pay Gap

The issue of the gender pay gap was also raised in my statistics class, but the professor had a different story behind the numbers.  According to a report by the AAUW, much of the pay gap can be explained by taking into account the confounding variables that appear in the data, including flexibility, GPA, and experience.  The report claims that a 5% gap still exists after many of these factors are taken into account during the analysis.  While a 5% pay gap is still significant and should not be ignored, it is certainly less alarming than a 22% gap.  This analysis also sheds a different light on how we should be approaching the “pay gap” problem.  It appears that women earn less than men because of their career choices, family choices, and inability to attain seniority.  To reduce the “pay gap”, we should focus efforts on increasing the value of women-dominated careers, encouraging women to enter male-dominated careers, and making it easier for women to bear children without losing seniority.  Instead of the nebulous idea that ‘women just get paid less’, we can begin to see where the inequality lies and why it occurs by digging into the statistics.

http://www.aauw.org/learn/research/upload/simpletruthaboutpaygap1.pdf (page 8)

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