Essay on Gender Wage Gap Between Men And Women

777 Words Aug 7th, 2015 4 Pages
For many years now it has been assumed that men are paid more than women are paid in many occupations in many countries. We often question, why there is a pay gap between men and women especially if they are performing the same job? Economist Francine Blau and Lawrence Kahn took a set of human capital variables such as education, labor market, experience, and race into account and additionally controlled for occupation, industry, and unionism. While the gender wage gap was considerably smaller when all variables were taken into account, a substantial portion of the pay gap remained unexplained. These unexplained gaps are evidence of discrimination, which remains a serious problem for women in the workforce. In a standpoint refusing discrimination, a 2009 study by the CONSAD Research Corporation determined, “it is not possible now, and doubtless will never be possible to determine reliably whether any portion of the observed gender wage is not attributable to factors that compensate women and men differently on socially acceptable bases, and hence can confidently be attributed to overt discrimination against women” However, there is still debate over what portion of the wage gap is due to explicit discrimination. It has been claimed that around 40% of the wage gap is caused by discrimination, though some argue that the gap is largely caused by women’s career and education choices. Many who oppose pay discrimination suggested that women choose less-paying occupation because…

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