As I’ve Been Saying, There Is No Gender Pay Gap, There’s A Motherhood One

We can even measure and prove this contention, that there isn’t actually a gender pay gap. Instead, there’s one resulting from being a mother. An important distinction as what we do about it – whether we do anything at all – depends upon the cause, doesn’t it?

Child penalties across countries: Evidence and explanations
Henrik Kleven, Camille Landais, Johanna Posch, Andreas Steinhauer, Josef Zweimüller 14 May 2019

Despite considerable convergence over time, substantial gender inequality persists in all countries.…

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Citigroup’s Gender Pay Gap Is About Zero – Women Don’t Earn 29% Less

Whether there’s a gender pay gap, what it is if there is, depends rather on what it is that we declare to be a gender pay gap – as Citigroup has just revealed. If we talk about people doing the same jobs then in a modern economy we’ve just about no pay gap at all at either the economy level or the individual firm one. Quite apart from anything else it’s illegal to discriminate on such terms.…

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UK’s Black And Asian Pay Gap Is Some 4% Of Average Pay – Not A Problem

The Resolution Foundation tells us that there’s a significant BAME – Black And Minority Ethnic in the jargon – pay gap in Britain. This isn’t quite so, that gap they’ve identified being around 4% of the average wage for the country. Sure, we might not really want to have such a gap but we’re getting well down to the point where we’re not actually sure that it exists at all, this could just be statistical noise.…

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For Equal Pay Day – There Is No Gender Pay Gap

We have Equal Pay Day – the day upon which women don’t earn any more money for the year given the gender pay gap – and the basic truth we’ve got to point out to the shrieking harridans is that there is no gender pay gap. There are differences – on average of course, across the population – in how men and women choose to live their lives. This means that some gain more, some less, along certain axes, it also means that some gain more, some less, along different axes by which we might judge income, wealth, life and utility.…

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Women’s Shorter Commutes Do Not Constrain Wages, Cause The Gender Pay Gap

The Office for National Statistics tells us that men are the majority of long distance commuters and that women tend to have shorter commutes than men. This is said to be about childcare and thus a contributor to the gender pay gap. Well, yes, maybe – it’s an interesting contention at least – but isn’t really what is happening. Rather, men and women are making slightly different decisions about work and children and it’s that which causes both the difference in commutes and also the wage gap.…

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Ethnic Pay Gap Reporting – They’re Going To Get This Horribly, Horribly, Wrong

Theresa May has announced that companies will have to report their ethnic pay gaps. This is going to go horribly, horribly, wrong. Because the people running this are entirely ignorant of the most basic facts about ethnicity in the UK. Mass immigration is a fairly recent thing. Thus the age structures of the different “racial” populations are different. This means, righteously, that there are fewer ethnic minorities in those senior and well paid jobs than the ethnic portion of the general population would suggest there should be.…

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Labour’s Truly Nutso Plan To Fine Gender Pay Gap Companies

Labour has a plan to fine companies which persistently have a gender pay gap. A fine example of how we’ll never solve a problem unless we correctly diagnose the reason for the problem. On average, over the population, men and women tend to self-select into slightly different types of work. These different types have different values to employers – thus they pay different amounts. And that’s it. That is the cause of that gender pay, or more accurately gender earnings, gap.…

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